Ghost Month

Ghost Month

Book - 2014
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"August is Ghost Month in Taiwan--a time to commemorate the dead: burn incense, visit shrines, honor ancestors, and avoid unlucky situations, large purchases, and bodies of water. Jing-nan, a young man who runs a food stand in a bustling Taipei night market, doesn't consider himself superstitious, but this August is going to haunt him no matter what he does. He is shocked to the core when he learns his ex-girlfriend from high school has been murdered. She was found scantily clad and shot on the side of a highway where she was selling betel nuts to passing truck drivers. Beyond his harrowing grief for his lost love, Jing-nan is confused by the news. "Betel nut beauties" are usually women in the most desperate of circumstances; the job is almost as taboo as prostitution. But Julia Huang had been the valedictorian of their high school, and the last time Jing-nan spoke to her she was enrolled in NYU's honor program, far away in New York. The facts don't add up. Julia's parents don't think so, either, and the police seem to have closed the case without asking any questions. The Huangs beg Jing-nan to do some investigating on his own--reconnect with old classmates, see if he can learn anything about Julia's life that she might have kept from them. Reluctantly, he agrees, for Julia's sake. But nothing can prepare him for what he learns, or how it will change his life"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Soho Crime,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781616953263
Branch Call Number: LIN
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm

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SFPL_danielay Sep 25, 2017

Ed Lin's night market mystery captures the atmosphere of Taipei with it's gleaming high rises, scruffy alleys, bustling night markets and temples swathed in incense smoke. The mystery is well constructed as well and you can't help but find yourself rooting for the underdog hero on his battered scooter. If you have visited Taiwan, you will enjoy revisiting some familiar sights, if you have never visited you may find yourself checking out a travel guide next.

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scorpiorising
Nov 02, 2016

Not my cup of Tea. Could not get into any of the characters and the dialog seemed juvenile. Yeah really not my cup of Tea however I did decide that I absolutely do not like Taiwan.

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susan3946
Mar 13, 2015

Multidimensional themes--a good mixture of old and new Taiwanese culture.

JCLGreggW Jul 21, 2014

A strong sense of setting and a deep immersion in Taipei culture elevate this crime drama above many others. Ed Lin's GHOST MONTH features Jing-nan, a chef and stall owner at Taipei's famous night market, trapped in his job after a promising college career in the States fizzles after his father dies, bringing him back to take care of the family's debt. Jing-nan, a Joy Division fan, turns amateur sleuth when his girlfriend is murdered, selling betel nuts on the side of the road under mysterious circumstances. Lin takes us into Jing-nan's - and Taiwan's - inner world, revealing the many cultural, ethnic, political, and especially spiritual layers of the community. Lin's novel is a pleasure, featuring a lively cast of characters, especially Jing-nan's fellow night market community. Even though the ending is a bit too abrupt, there's a lot to like here - Lin is an author to watch.

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