Tuesday, May 01, 2012

What is Ed Lin reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Ed Lin, author of One Red Bastard.

His entry begins:
I loved, Bear Down, Bear North, by Melinda Moustakis. It's a collection of connected short stories set in rural Alaska. The people have gone feral and it's up to the animals to maintain order and dignity. The experience of reading the book was like feeling my teeth go crooked and scrape the insides of my mouth until I tasted blood. Fuck all the pretty shit. This is for real.

I'm a punk-rock kid so I was psyched to read...[read on]
About One Red Bastard, from the publisher:
In One Red Bastard, Ed Lin's thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can’t Run, “reminiscent of Elmore Leonard… Compulsively readable” (Don Lee), it’s the fall of 1976. New York's Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao's daughter is seeking asylum in the U.S. The series hero Robert Chow is a neighborhood detective in training, and he is thrilled when his girlfriend Lonnie scores an interview with the Chinese representative of Mao's daughter. But hours after the interview, the man is found dead. Lonnie, the last person to see him alive, is the main suspect.

As Lonnie is subjected to increasing amounts of intimidation from his fellow policemen, who want to close the case, Robert is tempted to reach into his own bag of dirty tricks. Will he stay on the right side of the law, or will his loyalty to Lonnie get the better of him? Find out in this exciting and fast-paced mystery set in one of New York’s most fascinating neighborhoods.
Learn more about the book and author at Ed Lin's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: Ed Lin's Snakes Can't Run.

The Page 69 Test: One Red Bastard.

Writers Read: Ed Lin.

--Marshal Zeringue