Dragon Day by Lisa BrackmannRead about another entry on the list.
Ellie McEnroe knows all the quirks of modern China. The feisty, wryly observant ex–Iraq War vet with a bad leg and continuing pain has her arm twisted by slimy Chinese billionaire Sidney Cao to investigate his son’s new American friend. As she checks out the American, McEnroe is drawn into the decadent life of Cao’s three children. Before long, she finds herself neck-deep in murder, threats, harassment from the Domestic Security Police, and more. Spot-on modern China noir and brushstroke-perfect descriptions of the new China make Brackmann’s series a pleasure to read. Her writing is crisp, vivid, and masterful. A Seattle Times Best Mystery of 2015.