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Snakes Can’t Run, but They Do Tour

Posted by on Feb 6, 2010 in Uncategorized | 6 comments


Snakes Can’t Run is almost here!  It’s right around the corner!  (April)

I’ve posted some upcoming dates in the calendar, so I think you need to plan accordingly.  If you want to see me in your town, give me a shout-out and I’ll see if I can make it happen.

Dude, the book recently received a starred review in Publishers Weekly:

Snakes Can’t Run Ed Lin. Minotaur, $24.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-312-56988-4

Set in New York City in 1976, Lin’s accomplished second novel to feature NYPD detective Robert Chow (after 2007’s This Is a Bust) finds the Chinese-American cop, who’s still haunted by memories of his service in the Vietnam War, relegated to undercover work posing as a Con Ed worker. Meanwhile, other officers in Chow’s precinct are focused on apprehending the FALN terrorists who set off a bomb right outside police headquarters. The murders of two Asian men, who are shot and dumped under the Manhattan Bridge, take Chow away from the drudgery of his undercover assignment and onto the trail of the head of a ring of human smugglers known as snakeheads. Lin portrays the police, including his lead, warts and all, and paints a convincing picture of Manhattan’s Chinatown. Readers interested in the integration of Asian-Americans into American society, as well as those who like gritty procedurals, will be well rewarded.

You could pre-order this book on Amazon, but considering the recent spat with Macmillan (parent company of my amazing publisher, Minotaur Books) and the hardball negotiations of Amazon (which employed tactics worthy of China when it “negotiates” with Tibetans), I heavily and heartily suggest that you buy my books at the stores that I will appear at or try IndieBound.


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  1. Chang

    Yo, Ed! I just plugged the shit out of you on John Scalzi’s Whatever Blog! Check it!

    Looking forward to seeing you in April.

  2. Superha

    How can you possibly top TIAB? Touring Bako this time?

  3. minervaK

    Ed, come to Austin! –> I will show up and be a groupie if you do.

    I am using your ‘don’t stop to pull off the leeches’ method to finish my first novel. Best advice ever.


  4. Ed Lin

    minerva, i am heavily considering swinging though texas, but not until maybe the fall. . .

    write that book!

  5. Amanda Griffith


    I read your interview in Kartika Review. You are so cool! The book sounds interesting. I love mysteries. The depiction of Chinatown and information about the Vietnam War conflicted Chinese American sounds intriguing. Could you read Thai Le’s and my story in Kartika entitled Muc and let me know what you think? And/or check out the blog I listed above and leave us a comment? I’m mentioning you on Twitter also.

  6. Ed Lin

    amanda, i will totally check it out!

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