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Roman Blood
Steven Saylor
Progress: 171/401 pages
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Bob Spitz
Progress: 208/557 pages
Avant-gardes du XXe siècle: arts & littérature, 1905-1930
Serge Fauchereau
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War
Julius Caesar
Les bûchers de Bocanegra
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Songs of the Kings
Barry Unsworth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

Le très corruptible Mandarin

Le très corruptible mandarin - Qiu Xiaolong, Françoise Bouillot Inspector Chen goes to the US and finds that politic is all the same everywhere. Or something like that. This is the weakest of the Qiu's Inspector Chen series I've read so far. The plot is entirely focused on the corruption of the Chinese political class, the Red Rats, their influence, the way they steal money and flee the country. Chen is given the mandate to find the corrupted and to bring them to justice but he finds that it's all a mascarade in the end. The whole US trip is only a diversion and a lovely aside. The conclusion probably opens the way for the next book since Chen decides to act against what he is told to do.