If you've ever read hard-edged detective stories, it's difficult to imagine a better setting for them than the gritty, bustling streets of modern-day Chinatown. That's why authors Henry Chang and Ed Lin knew the perfect home in which to set their wonderfully compelling noir sagas.
Join us for tonight's Tenement Talks with Chang, author of Red Jade, and Lin, author of Snakes Can't Run, as they discuss their neighborhood's dark side.
In Red Jade, Chinatown native Chang continues his Detective Jack Yu series. This time, Yu tries to solve the grisly murder of a crime boss. As the details of the case unravel, the personal stakes build to a dangerous climax.
Last year, the author was kind enough to sign my worn-out copy of his debut, Chinatown Beat, and if Jade is even half as entertaining as the first, you won’t want to miss his appearance here.
Lin’s Snakes Can’t Run follows his own detective protagonist, Robert Chow, as he navigates the mean streets of 1970s Chinatown during the sweltering summer. Chow must solve his newest case while confronting snakeheads, Chinatown’s murderous gang of human smugglers. The results are revelatory and the mysterious Snakes is a worthy successor to 2007’s brilliant This Is a Bust.
RSVP here to let us know you're coming; seating is first come, first serve. Anyone who'd like to buy a book from us in advance will get a reserved seat up front - call 212-431-0233 x259. Either way you're guaranteed to love these two speakers (we loved Henry Chang's 2009 Talk so much that we brought him back!)
The discussion begins at 6:30 pm at the Museum Shop, 108 Orchard Street.