QIU XIAOLONG was born in Shanghai and, since 1988, has lived in St. Louis, Missouri. A poet and a translator, he has an MA and a Ph.D. from Washington University. He is the author of several previous novels featuring Inspector Chen, including the award-winning "Death of a Red Heroine" and "A Case of Two Cities."
"His characters are expertly drawn, his prose superb and interlaced with thought-provoking poetry that depicts what is being lost in China." --"Library Journal "(starred review) on "A CASE OF TWO CITIES""" "Qiu Xiaolong's series about Inspector Chen Cao is one of my favorites, for the way it tells exciting stories while revealing fascinating details of Chinese life--everything from food and poetry to politics." --"Chicago Tribune" on "A CASE OF TWO CITIES""" "Shanghai is vividly drawn, crackling with energy and a scintillating cast." --"The Economist" on "A Case of Two Cities"""