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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,829 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa See Narrator: Elaina Erika Davi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Red Princess Mysteries Release Date:
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In Flower Net, Lisa See rips the veil away from modern China -- its venerable culture, its teeming economy, its institutionalized cruelty -- and highlights the inextricable link between China's fortunes and America's. This is a Gorky Park for our time, a complex, suspenseful, beautifully written novel in which a Chinese cop and an American attorney team up to uncover the deadly conspiracy of Chinese gangs, government and big business that lies behind a series of gory, high-profile murders.

In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Zioping's reign, the U.S. ambassador's son is found dead -- his body entombed in a frozen lake. Almost simultaneously, American officials find a ship adrift in the storm-churned waters off Southern California. No one is surprised to find the fetid hold crammed with hundreds of undocumented Chinese immigrants -- the latest cargo in the Chinese mafia's burgeoning smuggling trade.

What does surprise U.S. District Attorney David Starke is his discovery that among the hapless refugees lies the corpse of a "Red Prince," the name given to a child of China's political elite.

The Chinese and American governments both suspect that the deaths are linked and, in an unprecedented move, they join forces to solve this cross-cultural crime. Stark heads for Beijing to team up with Liu Hulan, whose unorthodox methods are tolerated only because of her spectacular investigative abilities. Their investigation carries them (and the reader) into virtually every corner of today's China -- from the glitzy karaoke bars where the nation's new elite cut deals, to the labyrinthine hutongswhere working-class Chinese have lived and died for centuries.

Here is China as readers have never seen it: a surpassingly strange nation at once admirable and frightening. Here too is an utterly original story more taut and timely than anything else on the fiction shelves today.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ria | 2/17/2014

    " This was pretty good...not as good as Snowflake and the Secret Fan however. See is a meticulous researcher and I did enjoy learning about modern day China and their take on the Mao era as well as the political machinations. The mystery was ok....somewhat jumpy. The romantic aspect was too much...so you meet the guy after walking out of his life with nary a backward look and then wham, hop into bed with him when you meet up by accident about 10 years later. See's language as well seems forced at times and out of context .... oops, lets have a little language now - not very realistic. But a pretty good mystery for a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 2/12/2014

    " I really prefer Lisa See's historical fiction to this modern-day political intrigue, but I did find the characters and the descriptions of China interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindy | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting and fun read. Not as good as "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan", but good nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 2/9/2014

    " This was an interesting mystery with a surprising ending that made a lot of sense. What I liked best about it was the glimpse of modern Chinese culture it provides. The author clearly knows her stuff. "

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