Thursday 11 May 2017

#CoverCrush Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong

For new visitors do I want to explain that Cover Crush is something that my friend Erin over at Flashlight Commentary came up with and I adopted the idea together with some other friends. And, now we try to put up a Cover Crush every week. You can check below my pick of the week for their choices this week!

Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is in an unusual situation—a poet by training and inclination, he was assigned by the party to the Police Department after he graduated college, where he has continued to shine. Now he’s a rising cadre in the party, in line to take over the top politic position in the police department, while being one of most respected policeman in the department. Which is why he’s brought in by the Party to sign off on the investigation into the death of Zhou Keng.

Zhou Keng—a trusted princeling, son of a major party member—was head of the Shanghai Housing Development Committee when a number of his corrupt practices were exposed on the internet. Removed from his position and placed into extra-legal detention, Zhou apparently hanged himself while under guard. While the Party is anxious to have Zhou’s death declared a suicide, and for the renowned Chief Inspector Chen to sign off on that conclusion, the sequence of events don’t quite add up. Now Chen will have to decide what to do—investigate the death as a possible homicide and risk angering unseen powerful people, or seek the justice that his position requires him to strive for.

Some thoughts about the cover:

I love the watercolor look of this cover. I think watercolor is perfect for the motive, it gives the cover a  blurry feeling, a softer edge to the bridge and the skyscrapers. It's a beautiful cover! 

Check out what my friends have picked for Cover Crush's this week:

Flashlight Commentary
The Maidens Court

1 comment:

  1. I like those red lanterns under the bridge. Not sure whether they are lanterns.