CHINATOWN BEAT by Henry Chang. Detective Jack Yu is transferred to his old neighborhood in Chinatown where he grew up. He is coping with the recent death of his father and the angst of memories of childhood friends now dead or on the other side of the law. In an area where 99 percent of the cops are white, Jack stands out in that not only does he speak the language, he understands the culture, as he is part of it. In this environment, he is confronted with a serial rapist preying on young Chinese girls, the assassination of Uncle Four, an elderly and respected Triad leader, and the disappearance of Fours gorgeous young mistress whom he had imported from Hong Kong. Yus crime solving approach combines modern police techniques with the methods of an old friend who is an elderly fortune teller. Although I have never been there, the book seems to capture the sights, sounds and attitudes of Chinatown, beyond the facade seen by tourists.
LOVED this book! All the sudden, I was transported to the seedy, nitty gritty side of New York's Chinatown. Henry Chang has captured in a tight package the atmosphere of everything noir. I rooted for Detective Jack Yu, I hated Uncle Four. Ah, the "gansta" life, Chinese style!