ARMCHAIR TRAVEL: With plenty of tastes, smells, and sights—you’ll come out of the book dying for a ticket to Taipei to see the night markets and water lily parks for yourself.
CULTURAL SETTING: The title comes from the Double-Ninth holiday, a celebration on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month (“very high in Yang”). Celebration includes “Ying” activities, like drinking chrysantheum tea, to offset the Yang.
CRITICAL DARLING: Author is known for his big-hearted story telling, atmospheric detail, and off-beat sense of humor. He is also a dynamic speaker, and is well-known in the Asian and crime literary community.
Praise for 99 Ways to Die
"99 Ways to Die immerses readers in urban Taiwan . . . Come for the dark world of the night market, and stay for the unpredictable, entertaining characters."
—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"Stellar . . . Lin effortlessly blends humor, plausible plot twists, and the politics and economics of contemporary Taiwan."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Lin’s books are most appealing for the insider’s look at Taiwanese culture, the motley crew of supporting cast and the multiple laughs per page."
"Lin takes readers on a whimsical ride along with the reluctant Jing-nan, the overbearing Peggy, and some very shady characters, deftly mixing comedy, mystery, and drama in a page-turning story . . . This will appeal to readers who enjoy dark comedy, drama, and some very unexpected plot twists."
"Top-notch international crime fiction that will have readers dreaming of a visit to the Taipei market."
"What a wonderful, wild ride this is."
—The Shawangunk Journal
"It'll definitely keep you guessing, and it'll keep you laughing from start to finish."
"[Lin] twist[s] his crime fiction in marvelous ways that incorporate almost as much humor as the master Donald E. Westlake."
—Stop, You're Killing Me!
Praise for the Taipei Night Market Novels
“A stylish, smart thriller for the mind, heart, and gut. Sex, music, history, politics, food, humor, and just a touch of violence and death—you get it all. And when you're done, you’ll beg for more.”
—Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer
“A unique blend of tension, charm, tragedy and optimism, with characters you’ll love, and a setting so real you’ll think you’ve been there.”
“A sidewalk noodle shop in Taipei’s Shilin Night Market during summer’s Ghost Month is the vivid backdrop . . . The plot twists come fast and furious as the story reaches its climax. Come for the exotic food and fascinating setting; stay for the characters.”
—The Boston Globe
“Covers Taiwan’s complicated political identity and relationship with mainland China, all during one of the most remarkable times of the year: Ghost Month.”
—To the Best of Our Knowledge
“Pure and perfect suspense and a book that is almost impossible to put down.”
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