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The Fourth Book in the Inspector Chen Series
on 18 February 2008
'A Case of Two Cities' is the fourth book in the Inspector Chen series. This time Chen is called upon to look into corruption across all levels of the Communist party. The previous officer charged with this duty was found dead in a brothel having taken a large dose of 'Chinese viagra' - seemingly framed and unable to clear his name. The stakes are high for Chen and he is in considerable danger as he pursues the Triad businessman, Xing.
It is as the investigation gets underway that Chen is sent to America to head a Chinese Writer's Conference and he reunites with his 'love interest' from one of the earlier novels - Catherine Rohn.
I had been becoming steadily more and more disappointed wth this series as I feel that none of the subsequent books match up to the first book in this series, 'Death of a Red Heroine'. This novel is slightly more involved, but again does not have the same depth of plot or character. Taking Chen away from Shanghai was also a brave move but it was quite nice to see him away from his usual environment.
Whilst you could read this novel on its own, it might be better to start at the beginning and work through, just so you can see the development of the charaters. I still don't think any of the other books in the series have lived up to 'Death of a Red Heroine' but this is still a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.