Cover image for Fade to clear
Fade to clear
Chang, Leonard.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books?St. Martin's Minotaur, [2004]

Physical Description:
322 pages ; 22 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



In this new installment, Allen Choice, now a full partner at Baxter & Choice Investigations, finds his life in upheaval by the reappearance of his ex-lover Linda. Over the objections of his current girlfriend Serena, Allen reluctantly takes on the case of finding Linda's niece, who was abducted by her father in a bitter divorce battle.
"Fade to Clear "is Leonard Chang's most electrifying and riveting crime novel, following the critically-acclaimed successes of "Underkill" and "Over the Shoulder."
As Allen delves deeper into the investigation, unearthing links to drug smuggling and money laundering, he becomes the target of larger, deadlier forces that strike a tragic blow. In the wake of personal loss, he compels himself forward in this perilous case and at the same time makes profound decisions that will reverberate throughout his life.
Once again, Chang weaves a masterful tale that is as much an edgy, fast-paced mystery as it is a deep look into the complex interior life of Allen Choice, a fallible and human character who is quickly becoming a truly memorable name in the world of noir.

Author Notes

Leonard Chang was born in New York City and studied philosophy at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. He received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and is the author of four previous novels: The Fruit 'N Food, Dispatches from the Cold, Over the Shoulder, and Underkill. He was recently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College and is on the faculty at Antioch University's MFA Program in Los Angeles. His short stories have been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and Confluence. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is working on a new Allen Choice novel.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Fans of contemplative crime fiction should enjoy the third outing of Korean American sleuth Allen Choice. In addition to nurturing a promising San Francisco PI partnership and an even more promising girlfriend, Choice is working out a philosophy of emotional engagement to replace his old theory of removement. But then his icky ex, Linda, shows up with pitifully wicked stepsister Julie to arrest his development. They want him to retrieve Julie's daughter from her deadbeat dad, and even though Choice's instincts--along with current flame, Serena--warn him off the case, he can't turn his back on a kidnapped kid. Quicker than you can say Calling Dr. Phil, the pushover PI lets Linda and Julie manipulate him into an investigative fiasco that may cost him Serena and his business, not to mention his life. Finding Julie's child is a thankless job, but he's still gotta do it--even after getting unfairly fired. Ultimately, Choice's decency, dedication, and dopey charm win readers over even as they long to shake some sense into him. --Frank Sennett Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Chang's third Allen Choice novel, the brooding, self-doubting Korean-American PI of Underkill (2003) and Over the Shoulder (2001) has found a new maturity that makes this outing the most satisfying yet. Now a full partner at B&C Investigations, Choice is contemplating moving out of his lonely San Francisco bachelor apartment and in with steady girlfriend Serena Yew, a Silicon Valley computer programmer who was introduced in Underkill. He may even be ready to meet Serena's parents, though he fears their disapproval since he's not as connected to his Korean roots as Serena is to hers. Then his ex-girlfriend Linda Maldonado asks Choice to find her missing niece, who's been abducted by her father, and to be prepared to use less-than-legal means to do so. What Linda doesn't reveal to him are the darker secrets surrounding the divorce of the niece's parents, or the dismal fate that has met the previous detective on the case. When faced with the dilemma of either solving the mystery or preserving his new romance, Choice doesn't disappoint. With a spare, literary style that suits his reticent protagonist, Chang paints a quietly affectionate picture of Choice, his relationships and the Bay Area, while also delivering the thrilling twists and tragedies of classic noir fiction. Agents, Nat Sobel and Judith Weber. (May 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved