Year of the Dog

A Detective Jack Yu Investigation

Book 2
Soho Press
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Det. Jack Yu returns in this crime novel of fraud, murder, and “another tantalizing glimpse of precinct and street life in Manhattan’s Chinatown” (Publishers Weekly).
 
Reassigned to the Ninth District after being wounded in the line of duty, NYPD Det. Jack Yu settles in for a welcome change of pace, away from the memories of his childhood on his last beat. But the past has a way of sneaking up on him.
 
When a bloody shootout erupts in Chinatown, his old precinct asks Jack for help. Back in his old stomping grounds, he finds himself immersed in all the crimes he thought he’d left behind: murders, gambling, credit card fraud, and tong wars. Navigating the bookies, fraudsters, and gangsters who make up the new face of his old world, Jack is back on the case in the second thrilling installment of a series that offers “a vivid, street-level portrait” of New York’s Chinatown (The New York Times).
 
“An Asian-flavored The Wire . . . A richly atmospheric panorama of New York’s immigrant demimonde.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
Year of the Dog arrived . . . And suddenly my life became an orgy of reading pleasure.” —Slate
 
“This is a dense, moody, and intelligent glimpse at Chinese life in New York as seen through the world-weary eyes of a young man with a foot firmly planted in two cultures.” —Booklist
 
“Chinatown is the hero here. Better say antihero, because while the picture is vivid and often compelling, it’s anything but pretty.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Chang deftly keeps the action moving as he brings the Chinatown neighborhood alive in all its guises.” —Publishers Weekly
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A lifetime New Yorker, Henry Chang was born and raised in New York’s Chinatown, where he still lives. Chang's writing often focuses on the world of Chinese immigrants. A graduate of CCNY, he is the author of the acclaimed Year of the Dog, Red Jade, and Death Money, also known as the Detective Jack Yu series. Henry Chang can be found online at Chinatowntrilogy.com
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Soho Press
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Published on
Nov 1, 2008
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Pages
241
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ISBN
9781569477908
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Asian American
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
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A detective returns to the Chinatown of his childhood in this “classic noir, filled with longing, violence, and that uniquely urban melancholy” (Richard Price).
 
After four years on the NYPD, Det. Jack Yu is transferred to the precinct of his childhood: Chinatown. Though he’s the only officer on the beat who speaks Chinese, he’s not entirely at home in the old neighborhood. His father is dead, his childhood friends are now gangsters, and the memory of his murdered blood brother is all too fresh. A secret society of organized smugglers and gamblers run half the precinct; vicious gangs rule the rest.
 
Assigned to catch a serial rapist, he’s just getting used to the streets again when community leader and tong boss Uncle Four is gunned down. And his beautiful young mistress, just arrived from Hong Kong, goes missing. The 99% white, English-speaking force doesn’t know where to begin, and it’s up to Jack to plunge himself into the secretive, closed community of his youth—and come to terms with his painful past—as he searches for a killer lurking just beyond his grasp.
 
“Chang has a cool, measured style that lets in some light . . . on a society that lives by its own rules.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“For readers who relish noir suspense, it doesn’t get much better than this stunning novel.” —The Boston Globe
 
“All the expected locales are here—gambling and dance halls, brothels, secret societies—but the author, who grew up in Chinatown, keeps things fresh by inserting Chinese phrases and explicating cultural folkways on nearly every page . . . This is a nasty, terse slice of noir.” —Washington Post Book World
 
“Chinatown Beat is a classic noir, filled with longing, violence, and that uniquely urban melancholy, but it also brings something new to the table, a loving specificity of a people and place, the multicultures of New York’s Chinatown, that has rarely if ever been encountered in fiction before. A real discovery.” —Richard Price, author of Lush Life, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year
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A detective returns to the Chinatown of his childhood in this “classic noir, filled with longing, violence, and that uniquely urban melancholy” (Richard Price).
 
After four years on the NYPD, Det. Jack Yu is transferred to the precinct of his childhood: Chinatown. Though he’s the only officer on the beat who speaks Chinese, he’s not entirely at home in the old neighborhood. His father is dead, his childhood friends are now gangsters, and the memory of his murdered blood brother is all too fresh. A secret society of organized smugglers and gamblers run half the precinct; vicious gangs rule the rest.
 
Assigned to catch a serial rapist, he’s just getting used to the streets again when community leader and tong boss Uncle Four is gunned down. And his beautiful young mistress, just arrived from Hong Kong, goes missing. The 99% white, English-speaking force doesn’t know where to begin, and it’s up to Jack to plunge himself into the secretive, closed community of his youth—and come to terms with his painful past—as he searches for a killer lurking just beyond his grasp.
 
“Chang has a cool, measured style that lets in some light . . . on a society that lives by its own rules.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“For readers who relish noir suspense, it doesn’t get much better than this stunning novel.” —The Boston Globe
 
“All the expected locales are here—gambling and dance halls, brothels, secret societies—but the author, who grew up in Chinatown, keeps things fresh by inserting Chinese phrases and explicating cultural folkways on nearly every page . . . This is a nasty, terse slice of noir.” —Washington Post Book World
 
“Chinatown Beat is a classic noir, filled with longing, violence, and that uniquely urban melancholy, but it also brings something new to the table, a loving specificity of a people and place, the multicultures of New York’s Chinatown, that has rarely if ever been encountered in fiction before. A real discovery.” —Richard Price, author of Lush Life, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year
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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

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