This is the second Qiu book I’ve read, and its great for a trip to China. Its a murder mystery set in present day Shanghai. The protagonists are policemen in the politically-related crimes bureau. As they set out to solve the mystery, you learn all sorts of facinating stuff about life in China today, including, for example, local reaction to the proliferation of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s. “Let’s meet at Kentucky,” one character says to another. “Its so clean and air-conditioned there.” You also learn a little about cricket fighting. Qiu’s other book is “Death of a Red Heroine”, which is also great.