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Death Doesn't Forget

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Death Doesn't Forget by Ed Lin
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Jun 13, 2023 | ISBN 9781641294805

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Praise for Death Doesn’t Forget

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Book of Summer

“[An] inventively humanistic work, one with welcome instances of love, religious questioning (through a variety of faiths) and one terrifically effective episode of magical surrealism.”
—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

“There is a marvelously mordant quality to Ed Lin’s novels, which combine depictions of the darkest criminality with a sense of the absurd.”
—Sarah Weinman, The New York Times Book Review

“A master of Taipei noir [Ed Lin] proves every good crime novel is a social novel . . . What differentiates Death Doesn’t Forget is its sense not of despair but of equanimity. The future is unwritten, in other words; it must be lived to be revealed.”
—David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

“Instead of a picture postcard view that tourists might get of museums, memorial halls and tea houses of Taipei, Author Lin offers us a slice of the gritty street life there. As a bonus, he makes us aware of the social and political challenges faced by this island nation.”
—International Examiner

“As addictive as the marinated, savory skewers sold at protagonist Jing-nan’s food stand ‘Unknown Pleasures’ . . . Death Doesn’t Forget is serio-comic; more of rollicking picaresque caper novel than crime story, reminiscent of fiction by the versatile late Donald E. Westlake and Carl Hiaasen”

“Ed Lin weaves a funny and biting picture of Taiwan’s political and social fabric, commenting on its disenfranchised — and most importantly, its food . . . Simply impressive.”
Taipei Times

“For fans of amateur sleuths who want to armchair travel while armchair sleuthing.”
—Book Riot

“We’re treated to Lin’s always wonderful array of characters, bits of Taiwanese history, and explanations of the current political scene—all without feeling like we’re in school. Lin is definitely a satirist, but this novel is deeply poignant at the same time.”
—First Clue

“Lin’s signature rollicking mixture of wink-wink noir and impossible fortuity is again on full display, balancing just enough chill with plenty of thrill. Murder is never funny, but at least a chuckle here and a guffaw there can’t hurt the corpses.”
—Shelf Awareness

“With its great suspense and plot development, Death Doesn’t Forget is good fun all-round.”

“[Death Doesn’t Forget] takes readers on a tour of everyday Taipei, balancing exposure of sobering gender inequalities, marginalized aboriginals, and cowboy policing with irreverent wit.”

“Jing-Nan, the coolest crime solver around, is back slinging food and solving crimes.”

Death Doesn’t Forget is a mystery novel that balances growth and intrigue with an exploration of a busy city that sees everything.”
Foreword Reviews

“More than action thrillers, Lin’s delightful ‘Taipei Night Market’ novels are stories of character and place . . . If readers haven’t tried Lin’s stylish mysteries, here’s a good place to start.”
—Library Journal

“This mystery has the same big pluses and small minus as the earlier ones by Ed Lin: The plot is lively, the characters unusual and well motivated, and the scenes are intriguing and unusual . . . For any shelf of Taiwan or international crime fiction, Ed Lin’s books are a must. They hold up to re-reading, too.”
—Kingdom Books

Death Doesn’t Forget may be your first Ed Lin novel, but it surely won’t be your last. Lin is a master of conveying a lot of fascinating information via a toe-tapping plot and characters who are realistic, flawed, pragmatic and deeply immersed in a society and culture that’s engagingly foreign to US readers.”
—The Agony Column

“What lingers in the memory, as always in the Taipei Night Market novels, is the flavorsome portrait of the city, this time with particular and highly effective attention to its Aboriginal Australian population.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Intriguing . . . Fans of recognizably human amateur sleuths will be pleased.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Taipei Night Market Novels

“If you’re looking for a book that will both transport you to the streets of Taipei and have you laughing out loud, Ed Lin’s Taipei Night Market series is unmissable.”
—Amazon Book Review

“A stylish, smart thriller for the mind, heart, and gut. Sex, music, history, politics, food, humor, and just a touch of violence and death—you get it all. And when you’re done, you’ll beg for more.”
—Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer
“A unique blend of tension, charm, tragedy and optimism, with characters you’ll love, and a setting so real you’ll think you’ve been there.”
—Lee Child

“A sidewalk noodle shop in Taipei’s Shilin Night Market during summer’s Ghost Month is the vivid backdrop . . . The plot twists come fast and furious as the story reaches its climax. Come for the exotic food and fascinating setting; stay for the characters.”
The Boston Globe
“Covers Taiwan’s complicated political identity and relationship with mainland China, all during one of the most remarkable times of the year: Ghost Month.”
To the Best of Our Knowledge

“Pure and perfect suspense and a book that is almost impossible to put down.”
Crimespree Magazine

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