The Eye of Jade Paperback – 19 Dec 2013
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Its hardly surprising that this beautifully turned novel about a strong-willed Chinese woman working as a private investigator in Beijing is such a delight: the cachet that accompanies most novels published by Picador is usually in place: as it most certainly is with Diane Wei Liangs The Eye of Jade. What makes the novel particularly interesting is its refusal to be slotted into any one genre: its a literary novel, undoubtedly (the publishers imprint guarantees that); its also a crime novel, pushing satisfactorily most of the buttons that we expect in that field. And its a comedy: the sardonic humour involving the heroines fraught relations with those around her are perfectly judged. Mei, the protagonist, is an investigator. A friend of her mother, known as Uncle Chen, asks her to track down a Han-dynasty jade that vanished from a museum during the terrible upheavals of the Cultural Revolution. Was the jade a victim of the brutal, philistine Red Guards, ruthlessly shattering the great legacies of the past? Or are more complex subterfuges involved? As Mei digs deeper, she begins to unravel a series of labyrinthine mysteries some with resonances even within her own family. Detective fiction is a much-plundered genre, both by genre practitioners and those with more literary aims and its the latter writers who are more likely to come a cropper when attempting to reinvent the standard tropes of the field. But Diane Wei Liang avoids all such pitfalls. This is a provocative, intriguing and accomplished piece of writing. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This gripping account of a female gumshoes's search for a Han dynasty artefact in modern Beijing is part thriller and part analysis of the city's past and present. --High Life --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description