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Flower Net [Hardcover]

Lisa See
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From Amazon

"Inspector Liu, do I need to remind you that China has customs and rituals for dealing with guests?" says a top Chinese official to one his police investigators early in Lisa See's tremendously powerful debut thriller. "Remember that all foreigners are potentially dangerous. Don't be tempted to say what you think. Don't show anger or irritation. Be humble and careful and gracious. Draw them in. Let them think they have a connection to you, that they owe you, that they should never cause you any embarrassment. This is how we have treated outsiders for centuries. This is how you will treat this foreigner as long as he is our guest." The fact that the official is her father and the foreigner in question is her former lover, an assistant U.S. attorney named David Stark, makes things much more complicated for Liu Hulan. Hulan is a former Red Princess, one of the privileged children of Chairman Mao's most trusted aides. When two young men (the son of the American ambassador to China and the son of an immensely powerful Chinese businessman with possible criminal connections) are murdered under similar circumstances, Hulan and Stark are cynically manipulated by their respective governments into a joint investigation that exposes the worst of both countries. The situation also gives See a chance to meld her impressive talent for writing fiction with the solid journalism skills that invigorated her family saga On Gold Mountain.

From School Library Journal

YA?The tranquil setting of a Chinese ice-skating pond is shattered when Wing Yun and his granddaughter discover the body of a young white man frozen in the ice. An ocean away, off the coast of Southern California, the body of a young Chinese man is found decomposing in the drinking water for a shipload of illegal immigrants. When it is found that both of the deceased have connections to a Chinese gang, the Rising Phoenix, Chinese Inspector Liu Hulan and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stark are teamed to locate the killer. Liu and David, who had been linked romantically years before, realize their case is being run like the flower net used by Chinese fishermen who throw the mesh wide to trap everything within its reach. American and Chinese cultures are naturally juxtaposed as Liu and David move from one side of the Pacific to the other, offering a richness in background beyond the usual espionage tale. The writing is crisp and the story moves at a fast clip with flashbacks adding background fibers to the webbing. This top-quality novel will be enjoyed by teens who like romance, adventure, or just a great story.?Pam Spencer, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Following up her well-reviewed family history (On Gold Mountain, LJ 8/95), former Publishers Weekly West Coast correspondent See pens a fast-moving thriller set primarily in Beijing. After the son of the U.S. ambassador is found murdered in Beijing, and the son of a member of China's political elite is also discovered murdered on a boat filled with illegal aliens located off the California coast, Chinese policewoman Liu Hulan and American lawyer David Stark are assigned to work together to solve the crimes. (The two are no strangers, having been lovers when Liu interned at the California law firm where Stark was an associate.) As the investigation heats up, the perpetrator commits more gruesome murders. In unraveling the crimes, Liu and Stark find a deceitful pattern reaching into the highest levels of the Chinese and American governments. See offers readers many interesting insights into Chinese culture and recent history, but the writing is marked by cardboard characters, wooden dialog, and an unfortunate tendency to tell what's happening rather than showing it. Buy where On Gold Mountain was popular.
-?Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

See's potent memoir, On Gold Mountain (1995), paid tribute to her Chinese ancestors as it signaled the writer's auspicious debut. Flower Net proclaims See's considerable talents as novelist, skillfully blending suspenseful storytelling, romantic intrigue, and stirring plot twists. Daughter of a venerable family, Liu Hulan holds an American law degree but now works in Beijing as a police inspector specializing in murder investigations. An assistant U.S. attorney living in L.A., Hulan's former lover, David Stark, discovers a bizarre corpse aboard a freighter loaded with illegal Chinese off the coast of California and believes the death to be connected to China's powerful underworld gangs. Almost inconceivably, the governments of the U.S. and China agree to work together after linking that death to a high-profile murder of the American ambassador's son in Beijing. Shocked to find themselves teamed up together, Hulan and Stark risk their lives in order to penetrate society's upper echelons, eventually coming to grips with a bewildering conspiracy. If dialogue is not one of See's strong points, a definite compensation is her ability to vividly render the turmoil of China's recent history and the paradoxes of contemporary life there. This formidable portrayal of China's culture and the country's harsh system of justice constitutes a striking backdrop for See's compelling tale. Alice Joyce

Review

"See applies her knowledge of Chinese customs and traditions to a complex and exciting novel..." -- Publishers Weekly

"Flower Net is a lively, exciting page-turner, full of creative twists and unexpected turns. It leads the reader into a mysterious Chinese alchemy that is strange and fresh and highly entertaining." -- -- Sheryl WuDunn, author of China Wakes --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lisa See lives in Los Angeles with her husband, an international lawyer, and their two sons. Her previous novel, Flower Net, was a national bestseller. Her first book was On Gold Mountain, a history/memoir of her Chinese-American family. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From AudioFile

The son of the American Ambassador to China is found buried in the ice, and, at the same time, the son of a powerful Chinese businessman, a "Red Prince," is found dead in an immigrant-smuggling freighter. Unbeknownst to the investigators, both died from the same drug. Who is behind the murders? How were they connected? In precise detail, Lisa See unfolds the flower net and captures all who are involved. Liza Ross follows the intricate investigation with precise words, pausing frequently within sentences to enunciate and perhaps imitate inflections of English-speaking Chinese. This stilted pronunciation is reflected in both the narration and dialogue. Nothing is what is seems, even the conclusion. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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