01 May / This Is a Bust by Ed Lin [in Bloomsbury Review]
While Robert Chow’s life might be a bust, this second novel for the talented Lin turns out to be quite the page-turner. As the token Chinese policeman in 1976 New York Chinatown, Chow is also an all-American Vietnam vet, barely dealing with the inhumane aftermath of war by drowning himself in booze. While his higher-ups think he’s fit only for ribbon-cutting ceremonies and other photo ops, Chow manages to solve a Chinatown murder solo – it helps to speak the language! – and picks up a few true friends along the way.