WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 AT 7PM
BY DANIEL NIEH
in conversation with STEPH CHA
A fresh, smart, and fast-paced revenge thriller about a college basketball player who discovers shocking truths about his family in the wake of his father’s murder
Victor Li is devastated by his father’s murder, and shocked by a confessional letter he finds among his father’s things. In it, his father admits that he was never just a restaurateur—in fact he was part of a vast international crime syndicate that formed during China’s leanest communist years.
Victor travels to Beijing, where he navigates his father’s secret criminal life, confronting decades-old grudges, violent spats, and a shocking new enterprise that the organization wants to undertake. Standing up against it is likely what got his father killed, but Victor remains undeterred. He enlists his growing network of allies and friends to finish what his father started, no matter the costs.
Daniel Nieh currently lives in his hometown of Portland, Oregon and is a Chinese-English translator and professional model.. On the inspiration for his debut, Nieh says, "I wanted to write one of those books that is so absorbing that you put off everything (including bodily functions) at all costs. I wanted to tackle the thriller genre with the same intensity that I had thrown into practicing basketball and learning Mandarin.”
Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough. Her fourth novel, Your House Will Pay, will be out from Ecco in 2019. She’s the noir editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.
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