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The eye of jade : a novel
Diane Wei Liang
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Chinese exile Liang, who fled her country after participating in the Tiananmen Square protests, makes an impressive debut with this understated mystery set in the late 1990s, the first in a prospective series. After resigning from the ministry of public security, Mei Wang launches a private investigative agency, a technically illegal business in China, much to her family's dismay. After an old family friend, "Uncle" Chen Jitian, hires Mei to track down a jade seal from the Han dynasty, previously believed to be destroyed, Mei and her assistant, Gupin, follow slim leads to a shady dealer who might have connections to the same museum collection supposedly incinerated by the Red Guard. Readers familiar with Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs will find many parallels between that independent and unconventional PI and Mei. Mei's challenging family life nicely complements the puzzle of the missing jade and the shifting Chinese political climate. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

New, not-quite-legal PI Mei faces some ugly truths about her culture and her past set against the backdrop of modern Beijing in this debut by Wei Liang, who lives in London. Seven-city author tour.-Ann Kim (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Mei Wang
Age: 31
Left the ministry of public security against her family's wishes; started her own private detective agency.
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