Jack Yu est muté à Chinatown, quartier où il a grandi. Dans un secteur à 99% chinois, 99% des flics sont blancs. Jack Yu est donc le "chinois de service", le seul capable de comprendre les mentalités des habitants, dans un secteur où, par principe, on n'aime pas les flics. Lorsqu'une fillette de dix ans est violée dans une cage d'escalier, on préfère faire appel à la communauté, pas aux diables blancs. Oncle Quatre, figure de la communauté chinoise et patron des Hip Chings, un gang d'origine hong-kongaise, est descendu froidement. Traditions, misère, justice parallèle, guerre des gangs, jeux d'argent ... une immersion au coeur de Chinatown.
Jack Yu est un des rares officiers de police d'origine asiatique au sein du NYPD. Il a été récemment promu et a rejoint le commissariat de la 9ème circonscription, au nord-est de Chinatown, qui couvre East Village, Loisaida, NoHo, Alphabet City et Tompkins Square. A priori, la 9ème n'est pas plus calme ni moins violente que Chinatown, mais au moins, Jack n'y est pas tiraillé entre appartenance ethnique et respect de la loi. Pourtant, c'est bien Chinatown qui pulse dans ses veines et qui va l'aspirer de nouveau. Il ne peut rester indifférent à l'appel à l'aide des familles de victimes d'homicides d'origine chinoise qui se sentent si peu prises au sérieux par la police new-yorkaise. Suicides, passages à tabac, morts violentes, ou encore victimes de la cupidité des trafiquants d'êtres humains et des triades hong-kongaises qui règnent sur Chinatown : l'éventail est large et la tension forte pour Jack Yu...
The Wire version sino-américaine, une immersion en slow motion au coeur de Chinatown, des clandestins, des paris truqués, des circuits de contrebande et des gangs.
Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when theyre speaking English, Jack knows whats going on.
He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.
To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery power-fully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.
From the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Chinatown Beat:
A worthy debut. . . . Chang writes with stark power and authority, covering the territory as only an insider can. He evokes the spirit, sights, smells and language of his setting in compelling fashion.--Chicago Sun-Times Yu is a fellow whose adventures should be worth following.--The Washington Post Book World Should make the locals sit up and gasp.--The New York Times Book Review It doesnt get much better than this stunning novel.--The Boston Globe A fascinating look at New Yorks Chinese-American urban community and its subcultures.--Publishers Weekly A great beginning to what should be a worthy series.--Library Journal Very slick, very smart.--Globe and Mail Classic noir. . . . A real discovery.--Richard Price Hes been transferred to a different precinct, but Detective Jack Yu cannot get away from Chinatowns criminals--his old friends--who have hooked up with the Hong Kong-based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud. He also cannot escape the Chinese victims whose stories cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.
Henry Chang was born and raised in New York Citys Chinatown, where e still lives. His debut novel, Chinatown Beat, was hailed in several best of 2006 lists.
From the Hardcover edition.
Detective Jack Yu returns in a pulse-pounding fifth investigation in New York's Chinatown Chinatown gang leader “Lucky” Louie was shot outside of a Chinatown off-track betting establishment on the thirteenth of January, and lay in a coma for 88 days, waking on Easter Sunday. The number 88 is a double-helix, double-lucky Chinese number; religion and superstition all lean Lucky’s way. But Detective Jack Yu, Lucky’s boyhood blood brother, fears his friend’s luck is about to run out. When Lucky embarks on a complex and daring series of crimes against the Chinatown criminal underground, Jack races to stop him before his Jacket Design by Janine Agro enemies do so--permanently.
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