When the body of an unidentified Asian man is found in the Harlem River, NYPD Detective Jack Yu is pulled in to investigate. The murder takes Jack from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough. It’s ...
When the body of an unidentified Asian man is found in the Harlem River, NYPD Detective Jack Yu is pulled in to investigate. The murder takes Jack from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough. It’s a world of secrets and unclear allegiances, of Chinatown street gangs and major Triad players. With the help of an elderly fortune teller and an old friend, the unpredictable Billy Bow, Jack races to solve his most difficult case yet.
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“The depiction of a Chinatown that tourists don’t see (e.g., seedy strip clubs) sets this apart from other gritty police procedurals.”
“The best Jack Yu mystery yet! Death Money is a lightning-speed sordid tale that travels through the dark alleys of bygone New York City Chinese restaurants. Chester Himes, the master of Harlem mysteries, would have been proud.”
—Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane and the Mas Arai mystery series
“For readers who relish noir suspense, it doesn't get any better than this stunning novel.”
—The Boston Globe
“[Chang] paints, in miniature, a harsh world of neon and shadows but doesn't slight the Big Questions.... [He takes] genre fiction to a deeper level, focusing on the mysteries of the human mind that a murder brings to light in those with some connection to the deceased. Mysteries, quirks, that might otherwise lie buried, but that subtly define who we are. ”
—Ron Rosenbaum, Slate
“An action-packed plot and a carefully detailed mystery make this a feast for readers who crave insight into the cultural melting pot that is the United States. ”
—Library Journal, Starred Review
“Chang captures the sights, sounds and smells of the various Chinatowns, showing the common threads and uniqueness of each as well as their histories ... A gripping police procedural full of surprising twists. ”
—Kansas City Star
“What raises the book to a level far beyond an above-average mystery is Chang’s intricate and intimate knowledge of the geography and culture of New York’s Chinatown, from the alleys that the tourists rarely visit and never notice to the transactional interplay that takes place in plain view yet is unobserved by all but the area’s inhabitants ... One of the most compelling and riveting novels you will read this year.”