Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

[a Detective Jack Yu Investigation]

Book - 2008
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He’s been transferred to a different precinct, but Detective Jack Yu cannot get away from Chinatown’s criminals—his old friends—who have hooked up with the Hong Kong-based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud. He also cannot escape the Chinese victims whose stories cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.

Perseus Publishing

Praise for Chinatown Beat:

“A worthy debut. . . . Chang writes with stark power and authority, covering the territory as only an insider can. He evokes the spirit, sights, smells and language of his setting in compelling fashion.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Yu is a fellow whose adventures should be worth following.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Should make the locals sit up and gasp.”—The New York Times Book Review

“It doesn’t get much better than this stunning novel.”—The Boston Globe

“A fascinating look at New York’s Chinese-American urban community and its subcultures.”—Publishers Weekly

“A great beginning to what should be a worthy series.”—Library Journal

“Very slick, very smart.”—Globe and Mail

“Classic noir. . . . A real discovery.”—Richard Price

He’s been transferred to a different precinct, but Detective Jack Yu cannot get away from Chinatown’s criminals—his old friends—who have hooked up with the Hong Kong-based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud. He also cannot escape the Chinese victims whose stories cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.

Henry Chang was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, where he still lives. His debut novel, Chinatown Beat, was hailed in several best of 2006 lists.


No matter how hard he tries, NYPD Detective Jack Yu can't escape his Chinatown roots.


Blackwell North Amer
There are Chinatowns in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, London ... in many different countries all around the globe. But wherever they are located geographically, Chinatown is one community, Fire a gun in New York's Chinatown and the echo reverberates seconds later in Hong Kong. Political pressures emanating from Mainland China are felt by the new wave of immigrants on Mott, Hester, and Delancey Streets in hours.
American-born Jack Yu became one of the few ethnically Chinese officers in the NYPD. Now he has been promoted out of the Chinatown Precinct. But he cannot get away from Chinatown's criminals - his old friends - who are hooked up with Hong Kong based triads in a crooked scam of international proportions.
Henry Chang shows us the people he understands so well: a Chinese yuppie whose loss of face ends in tragedy; an ailing bookie with romance in his soul; a would-be gang leader and the tough new immigrants from Fukien who confront him; and the triad official, Grass Sandal, sent from Hong Kong to liase with local benevolent societies. Year of the Dog shows us what exists beneath the surface of the tourists' Chinatown.

Publisher: New York : Soho, c2008
ISBN: 9781569475157
1569475156
Characteristics: 231 p. ; 20 cm

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