Meet acclaimed published author Ed Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent. He has just released One Red Bastard, the third book in his mystery series featuring protagonist Robert Chow. His earlier books, Waylaid and This Is a Bust, were published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively, and received wide praise. Both won the Members’ Choice Awards in the Asian American Literary Awards. His third book, Snakes Can’t Run, was published by Minotaur Books in April 2010 and also won an Asian American Literary Award. Ed is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards.
TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Ho Chie Tsai recently caught Ed Lin on his West Coast book tour during San Francisco’s 2012 Asian Heritage Street Celebration at the Eastwind Books of Berkeley booth. In this video, he takes a few minutes to tell us about his life as an author and his books. He also shares some thoughts about his recent visit to Taipei as well as his next book project relating to Taiwan.
Watch the TaiwaneseAmerican.org interview here:
Trailer for One Red Bastard:
“Tensions in America’s relationship with China and Taiwan form the backdrop for Lin’s compelling third mystery featuring Chinese-American Robert Chow of the NYPD (after 2010’s Snakes Can’t Run). By the fall of 1976, Chow has moved on from being the department’s token to real policing, but his personal and professional lives collide when his journalist girlfriend, Lonnie, becomes the prime suspect in a case with potential international repercussions. Chen Xiaochuan, the official representative for Mao Tse-tung’s daughter, who’s seeking asylum in the States, is bludgeoned to death in a Chinatown park, and Lonnie is the last person known to have seen him after interviewing him for her newspaper. Possible motives can be found all over the political spectrum, complicating the investigation. Lin offers a vivid picture of an earlier Manhattan Chinatown than S.J. Rozan, whose fans are likely to warm to the street-savvy Chow, still coming to grips with the horrors of his Vietnam War tour of duty.”
— Publishers Weekly Starred Review