Robert Nathan The White Tiger

ISBN 13: 9780002229784

The White Tiger

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9780002229784: The White Tiger

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From Publishers Weekly:

To judge by this densely textured and occasionally exciting suspense novel, China after Mao is still a dangerous place to be, especially for those in power. The protagonist, Hong, is a high-ranking policeman whose stubborn honesty leads him to investigate, unofficially and at growing personal risk, the mysterious death of his friend and mentor, while at the same time he is officially tailing a visiting American psychiatrist presumed to be a spy. Hong's investigations take him on a journey through the past that ends with his expose of treachery and crime among Mao's closest associates, the "tigers" of the Revolution. The novel's chief strengths are its intensely realistic depiction of a Peking bureaucracy, wherein those with the strongest noses for "spiritual pollution" appear to be the most corrupt, and Hong himself, a sympathetic and credible figure caught in the toils of sordid events. Its weaknesses are a pedestrian style and characterization that, Hong aside, is somewhat lacking in depth and vibrancy. Nathan wrote Rising Higher and Amusement Park. Major ad/promo; BOMC alternate.
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From Library Journal:

Assistant Deputy Director for Public Security Lu Hong becomes suspicious of the circumstances surrounding the death of his esteemed mentor and boss, Sun Sheng, shortly before the Director of Investigations orders Hong to keep an eye on visiting American doctor (and purported spy) Peter Ostrander. Sheng's death inevitably ties in with the Ostrander case, as do many other people and events dating back to the early 1940s; in fact, the leisurely and somewhat tedious resolution of obscure complications threatens to undo the book. The author goes to great lengths to re-create an oppressive, modern-day Beijing, complete with creeping capitalism and constant permutations in party policy, but this background fails to enliven the plot or make it compelling. For larger collections. BOMC alternate. Rex E. Klett, Anson Cty. Lib., Wadesboro, N.C.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Robert Nathan
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1987)
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