I interviewed US-based Chinese author Qiu Xiaolong in April this year and the story was finally published today.
Since then I've also got around to reading the first book in his Chief Inspector Chen series. I really liked it and I want to read the other books.
HERE are their synopses as they appeared in Reads Monthly (StarMag, 27th May 2007) ...
Death of a Red Heroine
ONE afternoon, the naked body of a young woman is found wrapped in a
black trash bag in an obscure canal in Shanghai. It is the corpse is of
Guan Hongying (the name Hongying can be read as "red heroine"), a
national model worker, thus bringing the case’s political aspects
squarely into place. Chief Inspector Chen Cao and his older subordinate
Yu investigate the case, eventually tracing the likely murderer as Wu
Xiaoming, the only son of Wu Bai, a high-ranking Party cadre.
A Loyal Character Dancer
CHEN and Inspector Catherine Rohn of the US Marshal Service must work
together to find a missing woman. She is married to an important
witness in a US criminal case who has refused to testify unless his
pregnant wife is allowed to join him. The Chinese government has
reluctantly agreed to let her go and the Americans have sent a marshal
to escort her. Then, inexplicably she vanishes....
When Red Is Black
Yin Lige, the author of a banned book, is found murdered in her
Shanghai apartment, Chen and detective Yu Guangming must solve a case
that may have far-reaching political and social implications. (The
“red” of the title refers to Mao Zedong’s Red Guard, the “black” to the
supposed enemies of the working class denounced during the Cultural
Yu soon uncovers the long-ago romance between the victim and Yang Bing, a college professor.
A Case of Two Cities
Party leadership appears to be vigorously investigating rampant
corruption among the profligate power elite during China’s economic
reforms of the recent past.
After the head of the Fujian special case squad is murdered in sordid
circumstances, Chen discovers that the dead man had been probing a
wealthy businessman, Xing Xing, who fled to the United States to escape
Chen himself is then given the highest authority to carry on the
investigation, which takes him to the United States, but he soon
realises he’s not meant to succeed.