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