Homicide Detective Zhong Fong has been attempting to put his life back
together following the death of his actress wife and unborn child.
He immerses himself in his work, only to be assigned to a grisly new case
with a murderer unappetizingly nicknamed the "Dim Sum Killer."
Body parts of an American police officer from New Orleans are found in
a heavily trafficked alley, arranged in a bizarre and puzzling manner.
The murder appears to be the work of a trained assassin with a deadly
message to convey. And it isn't long before he leaves another
message: The body of an African diplomat is found as skillfully carved up
as the first.
Fong's concentration on the case is disrupted by the arrival of his
late wife's former lover, who has returned to direct Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night, along with the arrival of the first victim's widow.
She quickly becomes his responsibility and his friend. Soon, the
unlikely pair find themselves the next targets of the cold-blooded killer,
and Fong must confront both his past and his future in the hunt for the
Rotenberg breathes life into modern-day Shanghai with its sights,
sounds, and even smells, and creates a cast of unusual and memorable
characters. In addition, the author, a director and university drama
teacher, adds a fascinating and unusual dimension to the story through a
character's vivid explanations of a professional's philosophy on the art
of acting Shakespeare.
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