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This review is from: Red Mandarin Dress: Inspector Chen 5 (Inspector Chen Cao) (Paperback)
I have read all of the Inspector Chen stories so far. Death of a red heroine was a strong book and "A loyal character dancer" was as well. "When red is black" started to loose momentum (Chen was not even involved in the case) and "A case of two cities" lost it all completly. The whole case of anti corruption ends abrubtly with no tension built before hand to be relieved Which brings me to "Red mandarin dress".
This books picks up the old spirit of the first. I could not put the book down because I wanted to discover who the killer was. Admittedly the climax was not the best but over all this book is possibly the best in the series and a good thriller in general. This would be the one I would recommend for people who do not want to read all of the books. Lets hope that Qiu Xiaolong does not repeat the mistakes he made and writes another edge-of-the-seat, complex thriller