Baker & Taylor When eight bodies wash ashore bearing wounds reminiscent of torture and captivity by the Communist Party, Chief Investigator Sun Piao is the only person with the guts to follow the case, and it takes him deep into the heart of a modern China beset by suspicion and paranoia. A first novel. 35,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer Dragon's Eye introduces Chief Investigator Sun Piao, a Shanghai detective known for being tough, intelligent, and resourceful, whose moral code puts him at odds with the world he lives in. Piao and his boisterously faithful and foul-mouthed deputy, Yaobang, run dead into the case no homicide investigator would want to handle: eight bodies mutilated beyond recognition, shackled together and writhing with the tide in a bizarre choregraphy of death on the mudflats of the Huangpu River. No morgue will admit the corpses. The evidence is just too clear - the brutality of the killings, the scalpel-precision of the lacerations - these are not run-of-the-mill murders. Impeded at every turn by bureaucratic obstacles, intimidation, and surveillance, Piao knows he should walk away from the case but he has had to walk away from too much, too often. He and Yaobang must fall back on their own resources to find those responsible, and with each new clue a new dimension of the Chinese political system is cracked open.