Comrade Mao's Long March and the Glorious War of Liberation haunt an investigator as he uncovers an ancient betrayal in profit-mad post-Mae China. By the author of Rising Higher (1981) and Amusement Park (1977). Lu Hong, the son of Revolutionary Heroes, is a cautiously rising star in the Department of Investigations, the Chinese KGB headed by the wily Wei Ye, herself a survivor of the Long March and the war. Hong, who saw his parents humiliated by the Red Brigades during the Cultural Revolution, has always prudently tempered his investigations with bureaucratic caution. He wants to survive. But Wei Ye has other plans for him. She assigns him the task of proving Peter Ostrander, a Chinese-born American doctor studying in Peking, to be a spy. At the same time, Hong begins independently to investigate a series of seemingly unrelated and innocent deaths of old revolutionaries. Both of the investigations are extremely ticklish; and when they turn out to have roots in common, they prove to be extremely dangerous as well. Hong, as he follows the archival threads that lead to the original betrayal of the Revolution, finds himself in the middle of deadly bureaucratic power struggles. It's all very scary, and he knows he should back off; but Hong, like all good detectives, must clean things up, no matter what the cost. Certainly similar in some ways to Gorky Park, but very Chinese and very good.