The Eye of Jade

The Eye of Jade

Large Print - 2008
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Public servant, Mei Wang, leaves a government position to establish a detective agency in Beijing ; her relatives, who remember the days of the Red Guard, are fearful, as private detective agencies are illegal. In search of some family jade, Mei enters a world of semi-legality and frank criminality in the Beijing underworld. Gripping pageturner with a look at an oft-unreported area of modern day China.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike ; Bath : Chivers, 2008.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781408411667
9781408411650
9781410407375
Branch Call Number: LP FIC LIAN
Characteristics: 325 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.

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Rubicat
May 21, 2017

I wish I was more culturally educated - I enjoyed the mystery but the names were hard for me to keep track of since they were so unfamiliar. I generally do not have this problem with Thai or Vietnamese names and never with Japanese names but for some reason I had a real problem here. I was also distracted many times by the brutality of the many "revolutions" the various factions put their people through - it seemed as though the Chinese have no empathy or sympathy for their own countrymen - even those factions that purport to be for the people do nothing to make their lives better and every damned thing to makes lives miserable, frightened and just plain horrible. It's a real problem for me to get past what seems to me to be blatant stupidity and the actions of the powerless who are finally in positions of power and use that power only to pick on everyone else. Anyway, the story was interesting and I suppose the detective was good but I'll probably skip any future books in this series.

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maipenrai
Nov 03, 2016

The first book in the Mei Wang Mystery series

multcolib_susannel Jan 24, 2016

What at first starts as a search for an antique jade seal becomes dangerous when PI Mei Wang finds clues that lead her to investigate her own family

quagga Sep 27, 2010

Beijing-born author Diane Wei Liang wonderfully evokes the chaotic setting and complex culture of modern China. The relationships between Mei and her family and friends are also very well developed. Liang's writing style combines dialogue that moves the story forward with lyrical passages: "Night was like a magic brush, blacking out all the ugliness so that the hour of love and longing could unfold."

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