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
‘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.
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...