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Year of the dog : [a Detective Jack Yu investigation]
Chang, Henry, 1951-
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New York : Soho, [2008]

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231 pages ; 20 cm
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He has been transferred to a different precinct, but Jack cannot get away from Chinatown's criminals - his old friends - who have hooked up with Hong Kong-based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud, nor from the Chinese victims who cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.

Author Notes

Henry Chang was born and raised in New York's Chinatown, where he still lives. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and CCNY. He is the author of  Chinatown Beat  and  Death Money , also in the Detective Jack Yu series.

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Booklist Review

In mid-1990s, NYPD detective Jack Yu is assigned to a new precinct after being wounded in the line of duty, but he is still the go-to guy for all things Chinese. That's how he picks up the murder-suicide of an upper-middle-class Chinese family whose father asphyxiated his family via carbon monoxide poisoning. The case winds back through a holiday season credit-card scam operated by one of the Chinese gangs and designed to leave real families saddled with debt for stolen merchandise. Yu also apprehends the murderers of a young Chinese delivery boy who was killed so the perps could buy new sneakers. In the midst of the chaos and heartbreak are parallel story lines of gang power struggles and a terminally ill bookie, who may be in love for the first time. The backdrop for it all is a holiday-season New York ravaged by winter storms but still somehow surprisingly vibrant. This is a dense, moody, and intelligent glimpse at Chinese life in New York as seen through the world-weary eyes of a young man with a foot firmly planted in two cultures.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2008 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Less a conventional mystery than a study in Chinese-American culture, Chang's second novel (after 2006's Chinatown Beat) offers another tantalizing glimpse of precinct and street life in Manhattan's Chinatown. When a prosperous family of four dies in their apartment, NYPD Det. Jack Yu determines it is murder/suicide, probably an effort to save face. Saving face, a powerful motivator in Chinese culture, drives many characters, including Yu's boyhood friend, now gang boss, Tat "Lucky" Louie; young turk Koo Jai, who's trying to pull one over on Lucky; and Sai Go, a dying smalltime bookie who wants to keep his dignity. DA Alexandra Lee-Chow, in contrast, embodies the struggles of ordinary Chinese-Americans who are neither crooks nor celebrities. While some may feel there are too many specifics about Chinese takeout meals and the finale is a bit of a copout, Chang deftly keeps the action moving as he brings the Chinatown neighborhood alive in all its guises. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A nationwide credit card fraud ring drags the detective back to the dark depths and denizens of New York's Chinatown in this follow-up to the debut Chinatown Beat. Chang lives in New York City. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.