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Ghost Month (Paperback)

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By Ed Lin
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August. A month of heat, pressure, when the land of the dead is closer to ours. Jing-nan, “Taipei Johnny”, leaves his Joy Division-inspired night market food stall “Unknown Pleasures” to solve the murder of the woman he was to marry – the woman he hasn’t seen for ten years, since his failure to make a new life in the US. Punk rock, high school memories, syndicated crime, and, of course, food all combine to make this Taiwanese summer mystery delicious fun.

— Jocelyn

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Welcome to Unknown Pleasures, a food stand in Taipei's night market named after a Joy Division album, and also the location for a big-hearted new mystery set in the often undocumented Taiwan.

August is Ghost Month in Taiwan--a time to pay respects to the dead and avoid unlucky omens. Jing-nan, who runs a food stand in a bustling Taipei night market, isn't superstitious, but this August will haunt him nonetheless. He learns that his high school sweetheart has been murdered--found scantily clad near a highway where she was selling betel nuts. Beyond his harrowing grief, Jing-nan is confused. "Betel nut beauties" are typically women in desperate circumstances, but Julia Huang was high school valedictorian, and the last time Jing-nan spoke to her, she was far away, happily enrolled in NYU's honor program. The facts don't add up. Julia's parents don't think so, either, but the police seem to have closed the case without asking any questions. The Huangs beg Jing-nan to do some investigating--reconnect with old classmates, see if he can learn anything more about Julia's last years. Reluctantly, he agrees, for Julia's sake. But nothing can prepare him for what he is about to learn, or how it will change his life.

About the Author


is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He's the author of several books: Waylaid, his literary debut, and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown: This Is a Bust, Snakes Can't Run, and One Red Bastard. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Lin lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616958374
ISBN-10: 1616958375
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Taipei Night Market Novel

 

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