LUCKY         

By Henry Chang

 

Publisher:  Soho Press (March, 2017)
Format: Hardcover
Price: $24.00
ISBN-13: 978-1-61695-784-1

Kindle edition: $14.99

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Detective Jack Yu Investigations series (Book #5)

 

Reviewed by Cherie Jung
(December, 2017)

 

Tat “Lucky” Louie, a Chinatown gang leader, was gunned down – two bullets in the head but not dead – and he wants payback. Detective Jack Yu was a blood brother to “Lucky” back when they were kids. Jack fears that’s “Lucky’s” luck is about to run out.

I’m not particularly a fan of classic noir crime fiction but I do read it from time to time. I was especially attracted to this latest book in the Jack Yu Investigations series because I enjoy the way the author writes about Chinatown and its inhabitants. I’ve never been to New York’s Chinatown but I am familiar with the Chinatowns in San Francisco, California, Victoria and Vancouver, Canada.

I am familiar with Chang’s writing because I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, CHINATOWN BEAT, and I’m not sure how I missed reading the next two books in the series but if I recall correctly, I leant them to my husband to read and he never returned them.

Some readers may stumble over the author’s frequent use of Chinese phrases, but they are used in context with English explanations, so readers will never be at a loss to the author’s meaning. Personally I enjoy the use of the Chinese language phrases though it is a dialect (Cantonese) with which I have limited language skills. I’m more familiar with Mandarin.

 

Other titles in this series: CHINATOWN BEAT, YEAR OF THE DOG, RED JADE, and DEATH MONEY.  



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