The Flower Net Author:Lisa See In Flower Net, Lisa See rips the veil away from modern China -- its venerable culture, its teeming economy, its institutionalized cruelty -- and highlights the inextricable link between China's fortunes and America's. This is a Gorky Park for our time, a complex, suspenseful, beautifully written novel in which a Chinese cop and an... more » American attorney team up to uncover the deadly conspiracy of Chinese gangs, government and big business that lies behind a series of gory, high-profile murders.In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Zioping's reign, the U.S. ambassador's son is found dead -- his body entombed in a frozen lake. Almost simultaneously, American officials find a ship adrift in the storm-churned waters off Southern California. No one is surprised to find the fetid hold crammed with hundreds of undocumented Chinese immigrants -- the latest cargo in the Chinese mafia's burgeoning smuggling trade. What does surprise U.S. District Attorney David Starke is his discovery that among the hapless refugees lies the corpse of a "Red Prince," the name given to a child of China's political elite. The Chinese and American governments both suspect that the deaths are linked and, in an unprecedented move, they join forces to solve this cross-cultural crime. Stark heads for Beijing to team up with Liu Hulan, whose unorthodox methods are tolerated only because of her spectacular investigative abilities. Their investigation carries them (and the reader) into virtually every corner of today's China -- from the glitzy karaoke bars where the nation's new elite cut deals, to the labyrinthine hutongswhere working-class Chinese have lived and died for centuries. Here is China as readers have never seen it: a surpassingly strange nation at once admirable and frightening. Here too is an utterly original story more taut and timely than anything else on the fiction shelves today.« less
I disagree with this book being only 2 stars. I thought it was an excellent murder mystery that keeps you guessing and draws you into the plot. With so many people going to China it was interesting to read about the different cities.
Wow, I can't believe this does not have more stars. I really enjoyed this book. I have read all the red princess mysteries and I love how the author weaves old Chinese culture and traditions in with a modern female detective. I hope there are more because I enjoy the story line of the life of the main character.
Loved it. So much fun reading a mystery novel in a setting so different from present day American or Victorian England. The story interweaves between Asian cultures & American politics. Lisa See is an amazing storyteller!
this second book of this author held my attention and i did not figure out the end till the last 25-30 pages. set in China and the US it is a murder mystery and love story. think of all the things you know about China and it is in here. it is fast paced and at times brutal.