One Red Bastard
by Ed Lin
on Tour November 20 – December 31, 2017
It’s the fall of 1976, and New York’s Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao’s daughter is seeking asylum in the U.S. Robert Chow is a detective in training, and he is thrilled when his girlfriend Lonnie scores an interview with the Chinese representative of Mao’s daughter. But hours after the interview, the man is found dead. Lonnie, the last person to see him alive, is the main suspect.
As Lonnie is subjected to increasing amounts of intimidation from his fellow policemen, who want to close the case, Robert is tempted to reach into his own bag of dirty tricks. Will he stay on the right side of the law, or will his loyalty to Lonnie get the better of him? Find out in this exciting and fast-paced mystery set in one of New York’s most fascinating neighborhoods.
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: November 21st 2017
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ISBN: 0062444204 (ISBN13: 9780062444202)
Series: Detective Robert Chow #3
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Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.
On Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
I would say both. Even though One Red Bastard is set in 1976, when I look back through the lens of today to the past, I like to find a way to comment on today’s issues by showing similar events back then. My own take on things is the filter I write through, so my personal experiences and opinions are embedded with the story.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I actually go from the beginning to the end, but as I near the end, I jump ahead to write the ending and then backtrack a bit. I’m just so anxious to get the ending right, I want to jump there and get a first crack at that last line as soon as I can!
Are any of your characters based on you or people that you know?
All of my characters are based on me. You know what they say about dreams, that every person you meet is really you. That’s what my books are like.
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
I don’t have a routine anymore–having a child will do that to you! Whenever I can clear an hour to work, I will. I made a point years ago to not have any “writing rituals” I needed to get out of the way because it was simply more procrastinating. I do, however, do my writing on vintage Macintosh laptops because I like the feel of the older keyboards, not the super-quiet newfangled ones.
Tell us why we should read this book.
This book will blow your mind with its surprising twists and turns. You will also never be able to look at Chinese people the same way.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite dead writers are Charles Willeford, Dashiell Hammett, Dorothy Hughes, Shirley Jackson and Chester Himes.
What are you reading now?
I am reading The Butcher’s Wife, which features the title novella and a few short stories by Li Ang, a Taiwanese writer. It’s quite ugly and violent but acts as an indictment against misogyny.
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I also write a mystery series set in Taipei for Soho Crime. I’m currently writing the third book, the follow-up to Ghost Month and Incensed.
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
I can’t do this. My wife is an actress and so many of our friends are in the acting community, which is rather tight among Asian Americans–these are the people who would populate the film version of the book. Let’s just say that I would try to get all my friends into it!
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
I really enjoy video games and reading, of course. I play bass, too, but I haven’t been able to round up people to be in a band for years.
Anything with decent fries, and by that, I mean real potatoey fries–none of that dry, mummy-meat sticks.
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