Henry Chang


'Lucky' aims to take back da 'hood with a new Chinatown gang of notable misfits...

LUCKY will likely be the final Detective Jack Yu novel...

Feel'in Lucky, are ya...?

Chinatown gang leader "Lucky" Louie awakens from a long coma and intends to retake Chinatown's Underworld. But NYPD Detective Jack Yu, Lucky's boyhood blood brother, fears his friend's luck is about to run out. When Lucky embarks on a daring series of crimes against the Chinatown criminal underground, Jack races to stop him before his enemies do so-- permanently.


YEAH, IT WAS like a dream, he realized later, like a crazy long-ass dream. A bang and a sudden burning flash of white light. Then he was gone, how long he didn't know.
He could hear the doctors talking among themselves. He heard comments from visitors, hospital workers, but was unable to respond. Unable to open his eyes or speak. Unable to move a muscle. Then there was the medicine, which made him punchy in the beginning.
Words from the doctors he didn't understand. Encephalon. Pons Varolii. Ganglia, cerebellum. More pieces he couldn't put together. Motor cortex, fibrillae. Optic thalamus.
He learned he'd been shot. Two to the head, surprised he wasn't dead. IV medication escorted him in and out of the darkness, but sometimes the orderlies and nurses who attended to him left the wall television on while they worked. Not like they were disturbing him, right?
He heard snippets of news, time and dates. February became March. He started regaining feeling in his fingers and toes.
" He's lost twenty-five pounds," one of the male nurses said.
" Well, he was a chubby Chinky when he got here," the other said, laughing.
His clothes were nearby, he knew. The orderlies conspired to steal the eight hundred in cash in his Gucci wallet. Planned to take his Oyster Rolex, and his 18K gold braid chain and medallion too.
" This gangsta got some fine shit, yo."
" Quiet! he'll hear you."
" Hahaha. He won't need any of dis where he's goan."
He understood thievery and hijacking, so the prospect didn't faze him...

Death Money
His Fifth Precinct cases had taken him to West Coast Chinatowns and back, but along the way NYPD Detective Jack Yu had processed a dozen dead bodies, had been beaten by Triad thugs, been mauled by a pit bull, and had been shot twice.
He'd also killed two men.
He is enroute to an appointment with the Department shrink when an Asian body turns up in the Harlem River. Quickly assigned to the case, Jack finds a corpse with no identification, and faces questions as to how, and why, the dead man wound up in the water...

"The depiction of Chinatown sets this apart from other gritty police procedurals" - Publishers Weekly
"Exciting and absorbing..." The Wall Street Journal
"Fast-paced, edgy, and flavorful!" Kirkus Reviews

Chinatown Beat
‘Best Debut Mystery’ --Florida Sun-Sentinel

Best of 2006 --January Magazine

Best of 2006 --Hallie Ephron/Boston Globe

“Chang has a cool, measured style... ” --New York Times

“Chinatown Beat is a classic noir... ” --Richard Price

“ A nasty, terse slice of noir... ” --Washington Post

“ ...noir at its best.” --Mystery News

Year of the Dog
He’s been transferred to a different precinct, but Detective Jack Yu cannot get away from Chinatown’s criminals – his old friends – who have hooked up with the Hong Kong based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud, nor from the Chinese victims whose stories cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.

Red Jade
The bodies of a young man and woman are discovered at an address on the Bloody Angle, Chinatown's historic Tong battleground. NYPD Detective Jack Yu had thought he was done working in Chinatown, but old allegiances pull him back in. Is it a simple murder-suicide?
As a puzzling web of links to the criminal underworld reveal themselves, Detective Yu's investigation takes him across the country to another Chinatown, this one in Seattle. JACK tracks a cold-blooded Chinese-American gangster and a mysterious Hong Kong femme fatale...

Selected Works

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Dailo LUCKY goes on a rampage to regain Chinatown!
In the NYPD Detective Jack Yu Series
"Chang's fifth novel is a turbo-charged requiem for a blood brotherhood rooted in a distant past." Kirkus Reviews "Detective Jack Yu returns in a pulse-pounding fifth investigation in New York's Chinatown...!" PenguinRandom House, Barnes&Nobles "Destiny could find no better assistant...than Jack Yu." The Wall Street Journal "If you don't know the Chinatown of Henry Chang's Jack Yu, I think you'll want to." SJ Rozan, author of Lydia Chin series.
Death Money
"Exciting and absorbing" The Wall Street Journal "Fast-paced, edgy, and flavorful!" Kirkus Reviews "The depiction of Chinatown sets this apart from other gritty police procedurals" Publishers Weekly
Mystery/Crime Fiction
"For readers who relish noir suspense, it doesn’t get any better than this stunning novel."
--The Boston Globe review
"A worthy series. Detective Jack Yu is a fellow whose adventures should be worth following, and now takes us even further beneath the surface... "
"An Asian-flavored The Wire...a richly atmospheric panorama of New York's immigrant demimonde..." from Entertainment Weekly. DEATH MONEY , the fourth NYPD detective Jack Yu mystery, is dropping on March 15, 2014. https://medium.com/p/eea37d7a5382 Hope y'all dig it...from da soul.