Qiu Xiaolong

Rhyme and reason: how a crime writer found poetic justice

Shanghai-born crime writer and poet Qiu Xiaolong created the best-selling Inspector Chen detective series.

Sunday, 20 May, 2012, 12:00am

Crime of the times

What does a poet do when verse fails him? For Qiu Xiaolong, the solution lay in crime fiction. It was 1997 - just under a decade after the mainland writer and poet left to study literature in the US and two years since he had made his first visit back to his hometown of Shanghai.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

The Mao Case

The Mao Case by Qiu Xiaolong Sceptre, HK$114

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

New allegations of prisoner abuse emerge with 2 deaths in Hunan

Fresh allegations of prisoner abuse emerged yesterday after two inmates in juvenile correctional centres in Hunan province died within days of each other.

Prison authorities have attributed the two teens' deaths to medical reasons, but their families were refusing to accept the official explanations, state media reported yesterday.

19 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

A Case of Two Cities

A Case of Two Cities

by Qiu Xiaolong

Sceptre, HK$132

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Ties torn

In his mind's eye, Qiu Xiaolong could have been the little boy in the picture. Many times he's put himself there on the hillside, smiling, holding his mother's outstretched arm and urging her to follow him into the distance.

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

'The most popular people in the city are rich and the [Communist] Party is even changing the constitution so that businesspeople can be members'

Novelist Qiu Xiaolong, explaining what makes Shanghai tick

'We have tried to help one of the families to get back the ashes'

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

A Loyal Character Dancer

A Loyal Character Dancer

by Qiu Xiaolong

Sceptre, $101

23 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Death of a Red Heroine

Death of a Red Heroine

by Qiu Xiaolong

Sceptre, $105

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

In Chinese or English, it's the best of both worlds

While being Chinese, or any other ethnicity, in a foreign land can lead to alienation, for authors this presents opportunities and experiences they can draw on - an extra layer of material to weave their tales.

'No one chooses to be an outsider, but it's a gift,' writer Gish Jen said of growing up in America at a Literary Festival function last night.

11 Mar 2004 - 12:00am