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The Sniper
By (author): Kuo-Li Chang Translated by: Roddy Flagg
Kuo-Li Chang ,

Translated by :

Roddy Flagg

Imprint:

Spiderline - Toronto

ISBN:

9781487008574

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
May 04, 2021
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5.25 x 0.7 in | 330 gr

Page Count:

312 pages
House of Anansi Press Inc
Spiderline
FICTION / Thrillers / Political
  • Short Description
Jason Bourne meets John McClane in this electrifying Taiwanese thriller about a young special-forces sniper ordered to assassinate a high-level government official.

Jason Bourne meets John McClane in this electrifying thriller about a special-forces sniper and a seasoned homicide detective who get caught up in a criminal conspiracy that involves the highest levels of power.

Twelve days before retirement, Taipei police detective Wu is handed a curious case: a naval officer has been found dead in his hotel room. While it is immediately apparent to Wu that the officer has been murdered, the military insist it was suicide and want the case closed with no questions asked. Soon, however, more high-ranking officers turn up dead, and Wu realizes he has a full-blown conspiracy on his hands.

Meanwhile in Italy, Alex, a young Taiwanese sniper, ex-Marine, ex–French Foreign Legion, and currently a fried-rice chef in Manarola, is called back into service. Ordered by his handler to assassinate a high-level Taiwanese government advisor in Rome, he soon finds himself on the run, hunted across Europe by his old brothers-in-arms.

Notable Selling Points:

  • Food plays a significant role in The Sniper. Alex, the sniper of the title, runs a small kitchen that sells stir-fried rice to tourists, and Wu's boss, Egghead, spends more time eating than talking. This emphasis on all things culinary places the novel in the grand tradition of the food-meets-crime genre — a list that includes such classic figures as Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret, and Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, as well as Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano, Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, and just about anything by Agatha Christie.
  • The events in The Sniper are based on the biggest political scandal in recent Taiwanese history: the murder of Navy Captain Yin Ching-feng by international arms dealers working with the Taiwanese government, and the subsequent military cover-up, which resulted in the death of Yin's nephew who was living in Canada.
  • Our publishing partners include: Marco Polo Press (Taiwan); Droemer (Germany); Luitingh-Sijthoff (Netherlands); Gallimard (France).

CHANG KUO-LI is an award-winning novelist, historian, poet, and playwright. He has published more than thirty books over the course of his career, many of which have been adapted for film and television. He lives in Taiwan.

RODDY FLAGG is a freelance translator who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has translated short stories by Diao Dou and Chen Chongzheng, among others. The Sniper is his first full-length translation.

“Expertly combines intrigue, military action, and humour … Fans of Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series will want to check out this tense thriller.”

- Publishers Weekly

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