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Book Review of Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen, Bk 1)

Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen, Bk 1)
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This book introduces us to Inspector Chen, a police officer in a China of 1990. China is changing, but the old cadres still have power. Chen must fulfill his desire to do the right thing within the law without antagonizing those in power. Chen is a very interesting character, a man who lives alone, has a widowed mother, and would have preferred to spend his life in academia. He is a poet who has become recognized and published a few times. The young woman whose death Chen must investigate has been a paragon, a national role-model worker. Who has killed her and why? The book is filled with political intrigue and fascinating characters; I enjoyed Death of a Red Heroine.