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The Foreigner
 
 
Author
Francie Lin.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780312364045
Pages/Publication Date 311/2008
Daedalus Item Code 31974
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(Edgar Award Winner) Set against the Taiwanese criminal underworld, Francie Lin's audacious debut novel is a noirish, darkly comic tale about family, fraternity, conscience, and the curious gulf between a man's culture and his deepest self. Emerson Chang—a financial analyst on the cusp of 40, who doesn't speak a word of Chinese and has never had a girlfriend—is on his way to Taiwan after his mother's death, to scatter her ashes and to inform his wayward brother Little P that their mother has left him the family hotel. But before he hands over the inheritance, Emerson is going to uncover Little P's past, and save what's left of their family.

"Lin has much to say about the clash of East and West and the sometimes shaky bonds of family, wrapping her sly observations in an entertaining coating of ever-propulsive narrative that turns Emerson from a rich boy into a warier, sleeker, wiser man."—Baltimore Sun

"Genre-wise, The Foreigner is best described as a thriller, rife with murders, drugs, secrets and betrayals. But you won't find any of the cardboard characters, clunky writing, or clichéd conventions that too often mar suspense fiction. Lin is equally attentive to description and plot.... Lovely, detailed writing makes you care about what happens to these characters.... A sequel would prove most welcome."—LATimes

 
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