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Di seta e di sangue de Xiaolong Qiu
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Di seta e di sangue (2007 original; edició 2011)

de Xiaolong Qiu

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When a young girl is found murdered wearing nothing but a torn red mandarin dress, it does not completely surprise Detective Yu. Possibly one of those material girls fallen foul of the triads or a dangerous Mr Big Bucks. Lying low after a corruption investigation that could have tainted him badly politically, Inspector Chen has taken on part-time college studies to improve his chances in the Party system, or to qualify him for an alternative career. But then a second victim, a nightclub entertainer, is found dead in a similar red dress. With the possibility of a serial killer in Shanghai waiting to strike again, Chen is pulled back to work. Struggling with a breakdown under the combined pressure of his academic deadlines and the case, he must try to stop the killer under the most unexpected circumstances.… (més)
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Títol:Di seta e di sangue
Autors:Xiaolong Qiu
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Red Mandarin Dress de Qiu Xiaolong (2007)

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When Shanghai’s Chief Inspector Chen is asked to look into a politically charged corruption case, he begs off with the excuse that his studies for his literature course won’t give him enough time for it. He’s been meaning to enroll in a literature course, so what better time than now? Chen’s course also keeps him away from headquarters as his colleagues investigate a serial murder case in which the victims are found wearing red mandarin dresses. Even though he is officially on leave, Chen works behind the scenes to help his partner Yu identify and catch the serial killer.

I didn’t enjoy this series installment as much as I’ve liked earlier books in the series. It’s been several years since I read the last book in this series, but Chen seemed more impulsive than the Chen I remembered. It seems surprising that Chen could decide to take a leave of absence or go on vacation without letting his employer know what he was doing. This book didn’t include as much poetry as I remember from previous books in the series, but classical Chinese literature is more prominent in this one. I didn’t enjoy the descriptions of food, particularly the “cruel dishes”. There wasn’t enough of Yu’s wife, Peiqin, a sharp woman whose insight is often helpful in investigations, and Yu’s father, Old Hunter, only appears at the other end of a telephone and readers don’t even get to hear his voice.

I liked the historical antecedents of the crime in China’s Cultural Revolution, and what amounts to an insider’s perspective of that era. Chen’s reflections on the differences between between Chinese culture and philosophy and Western culture and Freudian psychology were also interesting. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 10, 2022 |
The beginning of this installment in the series started off a bit slowly for me, I suspect because of the time spent with characters other than Chen himself. I don't enjoy being attached to the other characters so much, especially when it comes to Yu and his wife, and for a while it felt as if they were actually going to be the focus here more so than Chen. By the midway point, though, the book evened out for me and felt more like earlier works in the series, so that I could get lost in Chen's investigation and other concerns. I wouldn't say this is the strongest in the series for me, but I still enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of the series. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Dec 31, 2021 |
I liked Death of a Red Heroine better. Still learned something about Chinese culture - but "Death" was a better mystery. Not as many threads to tie together. ( )
  sraelling | May 6, 2018 |
This is the fifth volume of the Inspector Chen series. As so often, I started in the middle of a series. A couple of years ago, I've already read volume six. It will probably be time to read the next time band one.
The story takes place in Shanghai. Chief Inspector Chen devotes himself to the time of Chinese literature and leaves his crew in charge, but without him, it does not go. As with the last book I read, I learned a lot about Chinese history before, during and after the revolution. Prostitution is forbidden, but under the cover of a kind of escort service everything is possible for paying guests. Weekly, murdered women are found wearing a traditional red mandarin dress. For Shanghai the first serial killer case. While Chen's team is determined in all directions, Chen is more likely to hit the right track by chance.
Of course the tradition of Chinese food is of great importance. Great dishes are served according to old tradition, which we would not eat in part.
I like this kind of crime in a foreign culture. ( )
  Ameise1 | Apr 10, 2017 |
A pleasant, meandering tale of murders in Shanghai - with enough glimpses at true horrors (the Cultural Revolution) to keep me interested. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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When a young girl is found murdered wearing nothing but a torn red mandarin dress, it does not completely surprise Detective Yu. Possibly one of those material girls fallen foul of the triads or a dangerous Mr Big Bucks. Lying low after a corruption investigation that could have tainted him badly politically, Inspector Chen has taken on part-time college studies to improve his chances in the Party system, or to qualify him for an alternative career. But then a second victim, a nightclub entertainer, is found dead in a similar red dress. With the possibility of a serial killer in Shanghai waiting to strike again, Chen is pulled back to work. Struggling with a breakdown under the combined pressure of his academic deadlines and the case, he must try to stop the killer under the most unexpected circumstances.

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