Inspector Chen Novels

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02A Loyal Character Dancer2015121220180407 (R4)

Crime drama set in 1990s Shanghai. The first case for Qiu Xiaolong's poet detective.

Radio 4 drama

Inspector Chen: A Loyal Character Dancer

by Qiu Xiaolong

dramatised by John Harvey

Shanghai, early 1990s. When a former dancer and party loyalist at the heart of a people smuggling operation to the USA goes missing Inspector Chen is under political pressure to find her, tactfully host a young female US Marshall and find the connection with a grisly Triad murder.

Director: David Hunter

A badly mutilated body turns up in Shanghai's Bund Park. It bears all the hallmarks of a triad killing.

Then former dancer and party loyalist Wen Liping vanishes in rural China just before she was to leave the country. Her husband, a key witness against a smuggling ring suspected of importing aliens to the US, refuses to testify until she is found and brought to join him in America.

The US immigration agency, convinced that the Chinese government are hiding something, send US Marshal Catherine Rohn to Shanghai to join the investigation.

Inspector Chen, an astute young policeman with twin passions for food and poetry, is under political pressure to find answers fast. When Catherine Rohn joins him he must tread very carefully.

The dramatisation of the second book in the Inspector Chen series, following the first, Death of a Red Heroine, and preceding the third, When Red is Black. All set in early 1990s Shanghai, in a China poised for rapid change.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007), and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

by Qiu Xiaolong

dramatised by John Harvey

Shanghai, early 1990s. When a former dancer and party loyalist at the heart of a people smuggling operation to the USA goes missing Inspector Chen is under political pressure to find her, tactfully host a young female US Marshall and find the connection with a grisly Triad murder.

Director: David Hunter

A badly mutilated body turns up in Shanghai's Bund Park. It bears all the hallmarks of a triad killing.

Then former dancer and party loyalist Wen Liping vanishes in rural China just before she was to leave the country. Her husband, a key witness against a smuggling ring suspected of importing aliens to the US, refuses to testify until she is found and brought to join him in America.

The US immigration agency, convinced that the Chinese government are hiding something, send US Marshal Catherine Rohn to Shanghai to join the investigation.

Inspector Chen, an astute young policeman with twin passions for food and poetry, is under political pressure to find answers fast. When Catherine Rohn joins him he must tread very carefully.

The dramatisation of the second book in the Inspector Chen series, following the first, Death of a Red Heroine, and preceding the third, When Red is Black. All set in early 1990s Shanghai, in a China poised for rapid change.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007), and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

Inspector Chen: A Loyal Character Dancer

03 LASTWhen Red Is Black20151219

by Qiu Xiaolong

dramatised by John Harvey

Crime drama set in early 1990s Shanghai. When Chen agrees to do a translation job for a property developer he is given a laptop, a 'little secretary' to provide for his every need, and medical care for his mother. There are, it seems, no strings attached... and then the murder of a dissident writer is reported.

Director: David Hunter

The third dramatisation in the Inspector Chen series, following on from Death of a Red Heroine and A Loyal Character Dancer.

When the murder of a dissident writer is reported Sergeant Yu is forced to take charge of the investigation. The victim, a middle-aged teacher with a dissident past and a book notorious in the West, has been found dead in her tiny room in a converted multi-family house. It is only when Chen, on leave to complete a lucrative translation project gets involved, and the past excavated, that the murderer is eventually found.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007), and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

Inspector Chen: When Red is Black

01A Case Of Two Cities20170128

by Qiu Xiaolong dramatised by John Harvey

When the head of the Shanghai anti-corruption squad is found dead in compromising circumstances Inspector Chen is drafted in as "Special Envoy to the Emperor with an Imperial Sword".

Director: David Hunter

The first play in a second series of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen Mysteries with Jamie Zubairi as the astute young policeman with twin passions for food and poetry and little success on the romantic front.

When Inspector Chen is relieved of his normal duties and appointed "Special Envoy to the Emperor with an Imperial Sword" his task is to investigate both the murder of the former head of the anti-corruption squad and the activities of a known master-criminal Xing Xing now seeking asylum in the United States. A sudden break from the task in the form of an invitation he can't refuse to head a Literary delegation to the USA leaves his second in command Detective Yu running the corruption case. When the delegation's programme is diverted to St. Louis he is back in contact with US Marshal Catherine Rohn, someone who made a big impression on Chen when she previously came to Shanghai on a previous case. But when a member of the delegation is murdered, possibly in mistake for Chen, things begin to add up and Chen becomes more aware that he might possibly be a pawn in a bigger political game.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007) and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

Dramatisations of the first three books in the Inspector Chen series, Death of a Red Heroine, A Loyal Character Dancer and When Red is Black were transmitted on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015. This second season sees the dramatisation of A Case of Two Cities followed by Red Mandarin Dress and The Mao Case. Further Inspector Chen mysteries on Radio 4 are planned for 2018.

02Red Mandarin Dress20170204

The fifth in Qiu Xiaolong's series of crime novels following the career of academic turned Special Case Squad detective, Inspector Chen. A serial killer is loose on the streets of Shanghai but Chen is otherwise engaged on a high-level corruption case. With bodies appearing at the rate of one a week, Homicide are in desperate need of help. Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson

Directed by Toby Swift.

03 LASTThe Mao Case20170211

by Qiu Xiaolong dramatised by Joy Wilkinson

It's a dangerous and politically sensitive case for Inspector Chen when he is asked to investigate the sudden change of fortune of the granddaughter of Chairman Mao's mistress. The sixth in Qiu Xiaolong's series of Crime novels.

Director: David Hunter.

01Don't Cry, Tai Lake20180512

Crime drama set in modern China. The director of a chemical company has been murdered.

Radio 4 drama

Poet and gourmand Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau returns in a new drama based on Qiu Xiaolong's crime novels. Chen's lakeside holiday is interrupted by the violent death of the boss of the Wuxi Number One Chemical Company. Will his blossoming relationship with a young environmental engineer compromise his covert investigation? Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

Song composed by Neil Brand
Directed by Toby Swift

'Don't Cry, Tai Lake' is the seventh of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1m copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph.
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

02Enigma Of China20180519

Crime drama set in modern China. The Shanghai Development Committee director is dead.

Radio 4 drama

Poet and gourmand, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau is called in to oversee the investigation into the death of the Director of The Shanghai Development Committee while under house arrest. He has to negotiate the power of the Party, an internet campaign and a new potential romance. Dramatised by John Harvey.

Director: David Hunter

"Enigma of China" is the eighth of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1million copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

03Shanghai Redemption20180526

Crime drama set in modern China. Inspector Chen once again pitted against the system.

Radio 4 drama

Inspector Chen finds himself "promoted" sideways from the Shanghai Police Bureau before narrowly escaping a night-club trap and exposing a web of financial and sexual corruption. Dramatised by John Harvey.

Director: David Hunter

"Shanghai Redemption" is the 9th of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 20 langauges.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

Don't Cry, Tai Lake20180512

Crime drama set in modern China. The director of a chemical company has been murdered.

Radio 4 drama

Poet and gourmand Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau returns in a new drama based on Qiu Xiaolong's crime novels. Chen's lakeside holiday is interrupted by the violent death of the boss of the Wuxi Number One Chemical Company. Will his blossoming relationship with a young environmental engineer compromise his covert investigation? Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

Song composed by Neil Brand
Directed by Toby Swift

'Don't Cry, Tai Lake' is the seventh of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1m copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph.
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

Enigma of China20180519

Crime drama set in modern China. The Shanghai Development Committee director is dead.

Radio 4 drama

Poet and gourmand, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau is called in to oversee the investigation into the death of the Director of The Shanghai Development Committee while under house arrest. He has to negotiate the power of the Party, an internet campaign and a new potential romance. Dramatised by John Harvey.

Director: David Hunter

"Enigma of China" is the eighth of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1million copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

Shanghai Redemption20180526

Crime drama set in modern China. Inspector Chen once again pitted against the system.

Radio 4 drama

Inspector Chen finds himself "promoted" sideways from the Shanghai Police Bureau before narrowly escaping a night-club trap and exposing a web of financial and sexual corruption. Dramatised by John Harvey.

Director: David Hunter

"Shanghai Redemption" is the 9th of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 20 langauges.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

01Death Of A Red Heroine20151205

Shanghai, May 1990. The body of a national model worker is found in Baili Canal. So begins the first of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels. Poet and translator turned detective Chen Cao now heads the Special Case Squad, an assignment that brings political scrutiny with every move. Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

Directed by Toby Swift

Dramatisations of the second and third books in the Inspector Chen series, A Loyal Character Dance and When Red is Black, will follow.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007), and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

"Death Of A Red Heroine grabbed my imagination, took me on a slowly, intricately built journey that nevertheless felt sexy and slick, and kept me turning the pages deep into the night... A refreshingly brave exploration into political China, woven around a tense thriller..."

Huffington Post.