City of Ink

City of Ink

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"Li Du was prepared to travel anywhere in the world except for one place: home. But to unravel the mystery that surrounds his mentor's execution, that's exactly where he must go. Plunged into the painful memories and teeming streets of Beijing, Li Du obtains a humble clerkship that offers anonymity and access to the records he needs. He is beginning to make progress when his search for answers buried in the past is interrupted by murder in the present. The wife of a local factory owner is found dead, along with a man who appears to have been her lover, and the most likely suspect is the husband. But what Li Du's superiors at the North Borough Office are willing to accept as a crime of passion strikes Li Du as something more calculated. As past and present intertwine, Li Du's investigations reveal that many of Beijing's residents -- foreign and Chinese, artisan and official, scholar and soldier -- have secrets they would kill to protect. When the threats begin, Li Du must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice to discover the truth in a city bent on concealing it, a city where the stroke of a brush on paper can alter the past, change the future, prolong a life, or end one"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
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ISBN: 9781250142795
1250142792
Branch Call Number: F HAR
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm

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ApollosRaven
Nov 01, 2018

Scholar and Imperial Librarian Li Du, exiled from Beijing after his mentor is executed for treason, is recalled from exile when he solves a mystery and saves the Emperor's life in the first title in this series: Jade Dragon Mountain. In this, the third book in this wonderful series, Li Du returns to Beijing as a humble clerk and attempts to prove his mentor's innocence. Set in the early 18th century, these are fascinating stories from a time and place still almost unknown to those of western descent.

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