The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Argh! I was really hoping this would be a new Maltese Falcon noir story set in 21st century China. It starts that way! And then it very very quickly becomes a sort of chick-lit thingy about mother-daughter relationships and sisterly relationships and lost-love regret.
But it had so much promise! The twist on the detective/secretary flirtation; the mysterious missing rare object; the setting! Modern Beijing with a backstory in post-revolutionary craziness; the unexpected family involvement; the dashing lover from the past. Too many good devices squandered on touchy-feeliness. Boo.
It feels a lot like Diane Wei Liang chickened out on really going to town on Maoists and the current Chinese government. Considering she lives in Chicago, this is pretty unacceptable.
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