The Interior - Red Princess, Bk 2 Author:Lisa See It begins when an old friend from a village deep within China's interior asks Beijing police detective Liu Hulan to find out the truth about her daughter's suspicious suicide. Hulan can't refuse -- even though the case will take her deep into her own buried past, and into the heart of a dangerous mystery. The investigation will also ... more »bring her closer to her lover, American attorney David Stark, in a way neither can imagine, for it takes Hulan undercover in an American factory linked to David's new firm. To catch a killer, David and Hulan must decide whom to trust and where their greatest duty lies -- dangerous decisions that could cost them their love and their lives....« less
Great mystery. Author's details about an unfamiliar world bring modern Bejing to life. Revolves around China's social/economic problems and slave labor. As always, it's never clear who to trust, and dangerous decisions can cost the protagonists their lives.
Lisa See turns her considerable knowledge of China to a very involved and suspenseful mystery. While Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is still my favorite I was surprised to find that the mystery genre was well served by See's intricate interpersonal detail, all this set to the ongoing conflict between greed and the desperation of the poor.