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1. Crossings
2. Q-Zombies
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3. Dispatches from the Cold
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4. The Fruit 'N Food
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5. Underkill: An Allen Choice Novel
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8. Pour rien, ou presque
 
9. All Under Heaven: Sun Yat-Sen
 
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12. Brother Chang's chop 'n' chew
 
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15. Fade to Clear : An Allen Choice
 
16. Elegy Dawn Japanese Language Book
 
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19. Electromagnetic Waves and Curved
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20. Dance Me to the End of Love

1. Crossings
by Leonard Chang
Hardcover: 317 Pages (2009-08-20)
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Asin: 0930773926
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Crossings takes an unflinching look at the lives of Korean immigrants, legal and illegal, in the San Francisco Bay Area. This novel centers on Sam, a widower, who finds himself in debt to a local gangster and Unha, an illegal immigrant working at a nightclub. Intertwined with their lives are the lives of other characters-family members, other immigrants, gangsters. Together they form a portrait of a community struggling to better itself. When Unha rebels against the stringent demands placed on her, she is kidnapped and and trafficked into prostitution and Sam is determined to save her.An ensemble novel, Crossings is a mosaic of stories about the American dream. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book
i originally bought it for a project to do in school, but now it is one of my favorite books and i've already read it multiple times!

great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gripping novel that should not be ignored
The American Dream is to escape oppression, not to travel thousands of miles back into it. "Crossings" is a novel of Korean immigrants trying to survive the corrupt San Francisco Bay arena where a Sam and Unha try to make ends meet. Unable to comply with what the underworld expects of her, Unha finds herself in a web of prostitution and it's up to Sam to save her. A story of the pursuit of the American dream gone wrong, "Crossings" is a gripping novel that should not be ignored.
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2. Q-Zombies
by Leonard Chang
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-09-25)
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Asin: B0044KMPXW
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A long personal essay about zombies, Asian Americana, and the complications of families. ... Read more


3. Dispatches from the Cold
by Leonard Chang
Paperback: 289 Pages (2009-07-19)
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Asin: 0930773934
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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What would you do if strange letters began appearing in your mail box? Read them? When the unnamed narrator of this novel opens misdirected letters, he enters the harsh, disturbing world of Farrel Gorden. Gorden, an assistant manager in a sporting goods store near New Hampshire, hates his new Korean- American boss and is on the verge of losing control of his hatred. As we watch the narrator reconstruct the recent events in Gorden's life, including an affair with his boss' wife and the wrenching consequences that follow, the paths of these two disparate characters letter reader and letter writer converge violently as each intrudes on the life of the other. This is a story that blurs the distinction between the real and the imaginary, the violent and the mundane, and negotiates the exterior world and interior workings of a vengeful mind. "Chang narrates his passionate, downbeat tale with naturalistic distance and an authentic, even microscopic grasp of the...dead-end world Farrel [Gorden] inhabits...Chang is an exceptionally talented writer..." Kirkus Reviews ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars A book about the endless downward spiral of race and hatred
The cover says it all.A man spiraling out of control.The book weaves together some of the major issues of our time in a story about relatively simple people: race, hate, adultery, revenge, ambition, and the ravages oflost dreams.Leonard Chang describes the characters as if there's amicroscope upon them, until you can tell what they're feeling through hissubtle descriptions.An altogether excellent book by an up and comingwriter.

3-0 out of 5 stars "Taxi Driver" in New Hampshire?
Reminded me a little of the films of Paul Schrader, with the disaffected, alienated, and angry man brooding at the world. The spin on this novel was the letters and the outside narrator. Well-written, and interesting, butkind of a downer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally! An Asian American writer who has other themes!
Finally we get an Asian American writer who doesn't just write about race or ethnicity. Am I the only one getting tired of all that "woe is me" ethnic angst? This guy is writing some good fiction. Not"ethnic fiction" but GOOD fiction.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a strong novel.
I read Leonard Chang's first novel, The Fruit 'N Food, and thought it wasokay. But this one is so sophisticated and interesting. I'm really curiousto see what he does next.

5-0 out of 5 stars epistolary tricks
This novel begins with the former biology teacher reading letters meant for a previous tenant, and soon envisions the life of the intended recipient. It's an ingenuous new angle on the epistolary novel, and this device shows us the strange possibilities of narration and storytelling. The main character, Gorden, is odious but compelling, and you watch him with a voyeuristic fascination as he slowly unravels. The narrator/writer, the other part of the story, comments and describes his own life that's an interesting counterbalance to Gorden's deteriorating life. A smart and fascinating book. ... Read more


4. The Fruit 'N Food
by Leonard Chang
Paperback: 226 Pages (2010-01-01)
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Asin: 0930773799
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When Thomas Pak is hired as a clerk at a Korean grocery, he isn't prepared for the searing racial tensions that threaten to destroy the neighborhood in which he lives and works. His tenuous relationship with the store owners and their young daughter is jeopardized by his own conflicting affiliations of race and class, and these turbulent forces soon converge violently around in the form of a race riot. Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List) wrote of this book: "Leonard Chang's vigorous tale is a drama of society's perpetual struggle for renewal and reconciliation. It is an elegant story of the zone of conflict between African and Asian Americans and, in the central character, the poignancy and contradictions of tribalism and fraternity are vividly proved." Library Journal: "Chang's gift for unsentimental storytelling is indisputable." The Pacific Reader: "The Fruit 'N Food is a thoroughly enjoyable, wonderfully written, socially relevant piece of contemporary fiction. Chang writes with simple elegance that immediately draws the reader in." ... Read more

Customer Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Chang's candid portrayal of a dark urban world
Enter Thomas Pak, isolated Korean-American set apart from the world bycircumstance, by generational boundaries. He is an individual that becomesinextricably tied to the Fruit N' Food, a job that offers him humanconnections, as well as money, for a basic need: survival & life.However, the racial rage that envelops this mileu brings to it a certainsacrifice: racism begets racism in this world, and often brings downeveryone within it. With a clear, meticulous literary voice, Changdescribes this setting with a stylistic candor; bringing to the fore themesof the Asian "American-dream", race, hate and class struggle. TomPak is rendered through a Stranger-eque portrait with sometimes graphicobservation, only for us to realize his lost role in a society thatbewilders him even further.

5-0 out of 5 stars in the heart of the heart of the tension
everyone's fighting the hell out of each other trying to get at that American Dream and it's not a pretty sight...crab cage with the claws out chopping and clamping and poor old Tom Pak is getting the crap beaten outof him...this is the closest i've seen to some writer getting at thescrewed-up racial mess the cities are going through and i'm glad he wrotethis...

3-0 out of 5 stars Similarities to THE STRANGER
I kept thinking of Camus when I read this novel, but I don't think the existential underpinnings were fully explored by the author. I think he subordinated the idea of the quotidian existence for the flash andexcitement of racial tension (and the boycotts). He also took Sartre's ideaof NAUSEA a little too literally, I thought. Nevertheless, this was muchmore ambitious than most first novels coming out these days...

5-0 out of 5 stars I thought it really hit deeply
This is pretty hard-hitting stuff. But even so, I thought there WAS hope and redemption at the end, because even in the ruins, the characters knew what to do, where to go--what was next. There was forwardness in theirvision. Mrs. Rhee even has that tough, I-will-kick-ass viewpoint at theend. I thought it was great.

4-0 out of 5 stars wild and violent
Although the subject matter and themes seem very important, I found myself repelled a bit by the violence and utter desperation of the characters. The writing was often great, but I wished there could've been more uplift, morehope. Or is that too naive? ... Read more


5. Underkill: An Allen Choice Novel
by Leonard Chang
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2003-05-07)
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Asin: B000C4SMD6
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Every bit as edgy and engrossing as Leonard Chang's acclaimed debut crime novel Over the Shoulder, Underkill finds Korean Ameri-can investigator Allen Choice on a harrowing new case that proves to be a transformative personal journey. Now Allen follows his girl-friend Linda into the Los Angeles underworld of drugs and raves to examine her brother's suspicious death, hoping to repair their deteriorating relationship and aiding her as she once helped him. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Knock-Out of a Mystery
This is a series that continues to improve and reward the reader. Leonard Chang is writing some of the best current detective fiction now available in these books. And it doesn't hurt that he's also able to address issues of race and alienation at the same time. _Underkill_ brings back reluctant investigator Allan Choice to look into the apparently accidental death of his girlfriend's younger brother. The investigation takes Choice into the underground rave scene and competition between ecstasy dealers, which may have had something to do with the death. At the same time, Allan's relationship with his girlfriend, Linda, seems to be unravelling and try as he might, he can't figure out how to prevent it. This is an excellent, fast-paced mystery that left me wanting more--Bring on Book #3!

5-0 out of 5 stars Standout Well Written Mystery
I'm a literature grad student, and I've had the opportunity to follow Chang's writing for some time now. His first two novels were clearly attempts to delineate the racial dynamics in America (Asian/African American as well as class issues), and with this Allen Choice series he seems to be trying to write about Korean Americans in a similar but almost subterranean way. He is writing about an Americanized Korean American man as a Private Investigator, a man who looks into the grit of American lives (Korean American lives in Over the Shoulder, and now the L.A. Underground and ecstasy scene in Underkill) all the while investigating his own life, both external and internal life. Allen Choice has no ethnic or racial ties--he's afloat and alone. He actually has NO ties (familial or relationship), which on some level echoes Chang's previous novels. The archetype of the PI is the isolated man, and here Allen Choice is isolated on so many levels it's dizzying, because family, race, profession, and now relationships have served to separate him from conventional society. Chang has taken the model of the PI and used this to exploit his other themes of alienation. This takes not only mystery fiction but Asian American fiction to new levels. I highly recommend this series for readers looking for exciting, well-written stories with a bit more substance than the usual genre entertainments.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid choice of the mystery
Korean-American executive protection expert Allen Choice has doubts about his failing romance with Hispanic reporter Linda Maldonaldo while concerned with his weak business.The adrenaline that fueled the beginning of his relationship with Linda (see OVER THE SHOULDER) is gone along with the thrill.The lack of executive protection clients in the Bay area has forced Allen to accept sleazy sleuthing that he knows is way below his skill level, but allows him to eat.

Adding to his depression is his feelings of guilt for not being there when Linda's brother died in a drug-related car crash.To ease his remorse Allen travels to Malibu to be there for his girlfriend.Already feeling like a fish out of water, instead of finding a family mourning a tragedy, Allen walks into a nasty Internet child pornography venture that could leave him as the next accident victim.

Readers who took delight in Allen's first tale will enjoy this story, but will quickly realize that it is not quite on a level with its predecessor.Perhaps it is the change of location, but Allen seems out of place in Malibu because he fits so well in San Francisco.Still readers will appreciate his self-deprecating doubts about himself and Linda, and enjoy his latest investigation just not the first choice.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a superb new series!
This series is turning out to be one of the best and most interesting ones I've read, and I've read a lot of them. I love Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane and Sue Grafton and a bunch of others, and this one definitely ranks up there because Allen Choice is a very realized and intriguing character. I was trying to tell a friend about this series and found it hard to describe because it's so centered on the character instead of just the mystery. It's almost like this is a regular novel about an investigator and so there's naturally a mystery because it's his job, but it's not about the mystery...it's about the guy himself. The writing is awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars So when's the next Allen Choice novel coming out??????
Wow. I was up all night reading this.I loved Over the Shoulder, and found Underkill to be equally engrossing.Chang does an incredible job of writing literary fiction (his use of language is just gorgeous) that's propelled by a real, page-turner plot.I wish more books combined being this well-written with being this suspenseful.

Choice makes a great reluctant protagonist, and his thoughtful, candid narration is enough to make this book worth reading by itself (even without the raves, car chases, and gun fights!). ... Read more


6. Fade to Clear (Allen Choice Novel)
by Leonard Chang
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2004-05-01)
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Asin: 0312308450
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In this new installment, Allen Choice, now a full partner at Baxter & Choice Investigations, finds his life in upheaval by the reappearance of his ex-lover Linda. Over the objections of his current girlfriend Serena, Allen reluctantly takes on the case of finding Linda's niece, who was abducted by her father in a bitter divorce battle.

Fade to Clear is Leonard Chang's most electrifying and riveting crime novel, following the critically-acclaimed successes of Underkill and Over the Shoulder.

As Allen delves deeper into the investigation, unearthing links to drug smuggling and money laundering, he becomes the target of larger, deadlier forces that strike a tragic blow. In the wake of personal loss, he compels himself forward in this perilous case and at the same time makes profound decisions that will reverberate throughout his life.

Once again, Chang weaves a masterful tale that is as much an edgy, fast-paced mystery as it is a deep look into the complex interior life of Allen Choice, a fallible and human character who is quickly becoming a truly memorable name in the world of noir.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Novel from Leonard Chang...
Fade To Clear, $23.95 US, was penned by Leonard Chang. Thomas Dunne Books published this title in 2004. This novel is the third entry in the Allen Choice Series. The two books preceding it are Over The Shoulder and Underkill. Allen Choice is a thirtysomething private investigator living in San Francisco, just trying to succeed in the world.

As we enter this new installment, we find Allen Choice is now a full partner in Baxter & Choice Investigations. The story launches in an Oakland warehouse chock full of stolen computers and peripherals, where Allen and his partner Larry Baxter are being held at gunpoint by a fast-talking Jamaican gangster. Maybe breaking in here wasn't such a bright idea?

Despite being surprised by the thug, Allen and Larry outsmart him long enough to get away before even more armed criminals arrive. B&C bring the police in on the multimillion-dollar fencing operation after fleeing the warehouse. However, Allen isn't enjoying this work very much. His employment seems tenuous at best; he's also unsure where he stands with his girlfriend Serena.

Enterprising though he may be, Allen is actually overly introspective compared to protagonist in other series fiction I've read. He's fixated on the works of Kierkegaard and other philosophers -- when he isn't working as a P.I. -- and he's also obsessed with long-distance running. Oh, did I mention? He's Korean-American, but speaks no Korean, and feels guilty about this.

These identity paradoxes intrigue me and I find Chang's writing fascinating. Allen's father died while he was young, so he was raised outside Korea by Aunt Insook. He's Korean but he doesn't feel Korean. He feels American. It bothers him when people bring up ethnicity. Serena is Korean. Ex-girlfriend Linda wasn't. He seems conflicted about his race -- fitting in.

Of course, I can't recall any other character in series fiction that's been assimilated into another culture. Can you? Broadcast and newspaper coverage about immigration seems abundant in 2006. Present-day immigrants (legal or otherwise) typically don't assimilate; they reside in `language enclaves' and resist learning any English. Allen Choice represents the antithesis of these trends; ergo Chang's novel feels sophisticated.

Complications arise for Allen when Linda Maldonado reappears in his life. Needless to say, Serena doesn't like it when Allen agrees to take on a case regarding ex-girlfriend Linda's abducted niece Nora. Allen's ambivalence about the case is tempered by the urgent need to locate Nora; she's merely a little girl caught in the crossfire of a bitter divorce battle.

Looking into Nora's abduction requires Allen to scrutinize Linda's former brother-in-law Frank. This guy was rich -- he was going to lose a fortune in any divorce -- so when Linda's sister Julie started playing hardball in the custody case, Frank decided to liquefy his assets, grab Nora, and flee to Mammoth Lakes with the help of his family and business associates.

Eventually Allen realizes Frank Staunton is a bad seed. He's involved in drug smuggling and money laundering through shell corporations. Frank's got a nasty brother (named Rick) that's running interference for him when Allen sniffs around and his sister (Deirdre) and parents in Seattle (Doug and Marilyn) aren't much help to B&C either. Allen ultimately locates Nora by investigating Staunton family contacts.

As you might know, excellent writers like Chang assign characters at least one major problem they must solve before the end of the book. Chang wisely hinders Allen Choice with two major obstacles. The first involves an arson fire that destroys his office (foreshadowing) during the abduction investigation; the second involves the unexpected death of a beloved friend. I won't divulge whom.

Readers will find that Leonard Chang pens dark crime novels that defy the conventional. If you're studious, you'll realize this nuanced novel has mass-market appeal. My one recommendation to Leonard would be that he may want to double or triple his chapter count, and concentrate on writing shorter chapters. More `action' and `less literary' would signify the ideal way forward.


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The Book:
Fade To Clear,
Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN:
0312308450 or
9780312308452

Pages:
322 Pages

Rating:
5 Stars

Chapters:
29 Numbered Chapters

If You Like Fade To Clear, you might enjoy:
Choke Point
Country of Origin
Little Girl Lost
The Interpreter
The Wake-Up

Recommended:
Yes

5-0 out of 5 stars Chang just gets better and better
All of Chang's books are worth reading. This one, the third in the Allen Choice series, is no exception. The plot is well crafted, the characters well-rounded and believable, and the suspense written perfectly. I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better contemporary crime novel. To top all of this off, Chang's use of voice, and the change of point of view in this novel (third person here, first in the previous two), make for an interesting literary read as well as for a page-turning crime yarn.

The sad part? The rumors are that this is the last in the series for a while. Maybe the publisher deserves some emails?

5-0 out of 5 stars Man, What a Great Novel!
The third Allen Choice mystery is the best yet.I'm so glad I discovered these books and gave them a try.If you haven't read these yet, you've got some pleasant reading waiting for you.

Choice is a great character, easy to identify with.You want the best for him, even when it looks like things can't possibly work out.He knows he should be paying more attention to his current girlfriend, Serena, but can't help himself when former girlfriend, Linda, featured in the previous two novels, comes looking for his help in finding her niece, kidnapped by her estranged father during a custody dispute.Linda seems to have some sort of hold over him, yet the more he thinks about it, the more he realizes how much he loves Serena and that he wants to be with her.

Allen is an introspective, lonely guy who is quietly becoming something of a success in his chosen profession of private detective.Yet he still finds it hard to fathom other people and he hasn't quite figured out why Serena keeps getting so mad at him during his investigation.There's a philosophical undercurrent running through things, too, as Allen keeps coming back to the Kierkegaard he's been reading and trying to fit it into his everyday life.

There are some dangerous bad guys at work, and bad things happen to the people he cares about, but Allen is ultimately able to solve the mystery and make a real step forward in his relationship with Serena.Here's hoping this series lasts a long and satisfying time.Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Complex characters
What is really interesting about this novel and the others by Leonard Chang is how they are not just about solving a crime. These novels are about a lonely man trying to figure out his relationships and his place in the world. He just happens to be a PI now. It's not as hardboiled as I usually like my crime novels, but it's deeper and more thoughtful than pretty much any other crime series out there. Smilla's Sense of Snow is similar. Henning Mankell's series are close. I also like these novels are about a Korean-American guy, but not overdoing the race issue. He's Everyman.

5-0 out of 5 stars terrific private investigative urban noir
Two years ago, then San Jose Sentinel reporter Linda Maldonado worked with private investigator Allen Choice on a case (see UNDERKILL).They became lovers, but eventually she ended their romance without explanation.Saddened he moved on professionally and personally.

Linda comes to Oakland where Allen is a partner in Baxter & Choice, a private investigation firm because her niece has been abducted by her nasty abusive father.She wants to hire Allen to rescue nine-year-old Nora from Frank Staunton, who snatched the child because he loathes his former wife and will do anything to hurt her.Allen's current girlfriend Serena Yew would prefer he not accept the case because of his previous affair with the client that he may not have gotten over.Allen himself knows how dangerous the rescue would be as the target is mean and cruel, but a pussy cat next to the guy's killing machine brother.Though facing Hobson's choice, Allen accepts the challenge in which law enforcement at all levels have failed.

FADE TO CLEAR is a terrific private investigative urban noir story starring a delightful protagonist, who is a hodgepodge of conflicting emotions that make him endearing to the audience (don't tell Choice what I called him).The story line is action-packed yet at times quite humorous as the bewildered Allen often leads with his chin in spots that could prove deadly when the case turns out even more dangerous than dealing with the lunatic Staunton siblings.

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7. Over the Shoulder: A Novel of Intrigue
by Leonard Chang
Hardcover: 400 Pages (2001-02)
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Asin: 0060198397
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A hybrid of crime and literary novel that explores issues of honor and family history, Over The Shoulder offers a unique view of the American protagonist and reluctant investigator, shaken from the doldrums of his insulated life.

Choice and his partner, Paul Baumgartner, are security specialists for Silicon Valley executives.When Paul gets killed on the job, Choice and an inexperienced Bay Area reporter, Linda Maldonado, begin looking into the puzzling circumstances of the murder.As they work together to unravel the intricate threads of lies and half-truths, they discover that his death might be linked to an older, more personal one -- the mysterious death of Allen's father some twenty years earlier.

With his self-described "philosophy of removement" as his frame of reference, Choice searches for the hidden, long-buried answers, only to be outmaneuvered at every juncture.Against this backdrop of violence and deception, Choice soon discovers secrets that alter his understanding of his father, of his family -- secrets that lead him to a buried history of betrayal.

Anew direction for noir fiction, Over the Shoulder is an examination of the past and the present, of long-simmering familiar tensions and the subtle conflicts of race and class; it is a story about the awakening of memories and an understanding of the self.

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"That I am a nobody doesn't bother me as it might some people. I prefer anonymity, unobstructed movement through a crowd with neither a first nor a second glance in my direction." Anonymity is both existential goal and survival skill for Allen Choice, who may call himself a Korean-American but who isn't particularly comfortable with the label. A Silicon Valley security specialist (don't call him a bodyguard), Choice drifts through life the way he drifts through crowds: detached, isolated, neither particularly fulfilled nor particularly unhappy. He notes wryly, "I used to think I was in inertial rest, a body at rest remaining so. Once an outside force applied itself to me, I would be in motion. I liked this idea. It freed me, relieving me of the responsibility. I just had to wait for an outside force. But I soon realized this was an illusion... I decided to call it the inertial deception. I can't succumb to it."

But in Over the Shoulder, Leonard Chang's brooding neo-noir novel, circumstances conspire to administer an outside force of momentous proportions when Paul Baumgartner, Choice's partner, is killed in front of him. Paul's family, his employers, and the police all assume the hit was directed at the executive the pair were protecting. But Linda Maldonado, a reporter looking for a hot story to catapult her from the thigh cream comparisons and doggy-daycare features of the Lifestyles pages, hectors Choice into investigating Paul's death.

His investigation is quickly fractured by treachery and deception, as he uncovers strange links between Paul's death and that of his own father, an immigrant who died in a warehouse accident when Choice was 8. Elegantly captured in Chang's restrained prose, secrets and memories rise slowly to the surface, forcing Choice to confront both the long-hidden scars of familial bitterness and the poignancy of his father's quest to preserve his dreams of a medical career, even as he succumbed to the exhausting drudgery of physical labor.

Chang's first two novels, The Fruit 'N Food and Dispatches from the Cold, garnered praise for their starkly realistic portrayal of racial tension and quotidian ennui. Over the Shoulder, though leavened with a touch of dry humor, doesn't pull any punches either, as Chang lays bare his protagonist's frailties and fantasies. --Kelly Flynn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and true to modern day Silicon Valley
Chang's novel is fast paced and very true to modern day Silicon Valley. Although this book is an action-thriller, it is really a Korean-American's self-discovery as he uncovers his family's past and his partner's murderer. The conflicts and tensions that have to do with class and race are thoroughly explored, which make this book much more than a just a thriller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mystery and a Sweet Romance
The title might lead one to expect a spy novel, but this is the debut of Allen Choice, a Korean-American security specialist who becomes something of a reluctant private eye, as he investigates the drive-by slaying of his partner, Paul Baumgartner.Paul is killed in what at first looks like a hit on one of their corporate clients, but as Allen digs into the mystery, he begins to realize that Paul was doing a bit of moonlighting and that one of his clients might be behind the killing.Also, his investigation leads Allen to explore the events surrounding his own father's "accidental" death twenty years before.

This was a great book, with Allen's introspective, lonely thoughts at the forefront.There's a lot about what it means to be different or "other" in America, as well as Allen's personal alienation (he was brought up by an aunt who viewed him as a nuisance) and his own personal emptiness, which are at the heart of the book.Other than his job, he doesn't have much going on in his life and when his investigation threatens his employment, things don't look good for Allen.

Luckily, he has the help of an inexperienced lifestyles reporter for a local paper, Linda Maldonado, in unraveling the mystery.Besides offering a compelling mystery, this book also features a sweet, unexpected, slowly-developing romance between the two (the clueless Allen doesn't realize why Linda is going out her way, risking her life and career to help him, until almost the very end).An excellent mystery debut and I'm strongly looking forward to the second book in this series, _Underkill_.

5-0 out of 5 stars A strong thriller with other issues.
With the overtones of Greek Tragedy, the themes of the sins of the father reaching the son, OVER THE SHOULDER takes a lyrical and heartfelt view of what happens when the son begins learning about his father, whom he never really knew. Occasionally overeaching with respect to the pseudo-existential musings of Choice, Chang (Choice/Chang? Choice=Sartre?) delves into the world of bodyguards and hidden secrets, of guarding the body of truth, of the "choice" of the past and the "choice" of the guard. We can read this novel on a few different levels, the easiest being the thriller elements, the more complicated being the issues of race and family legacies, of the disjunction between generations and how the past interferes with the relationships of the present. I was reminded of Walker Percy since the elements of the Search (Percy's term), congregation, and connection are all present. With Percy, in the Moviegoer, we have movie culture as a frame with which to view Binx's relationship with the world, whereas in Over the Shoulder we have the world of security protection (protect Allen's security, his blanket of armor) as the frame. I'm afraid most serious readers might avoid this novel for its lurid cover (What is a novel of "intrigue"? When is a good novel not "intriguing"?), but for those interested in a complex and complicated story with thematic elements echoing Sophocles, all layered with a very well-written mystery, you might try this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars I liked this cool departure.
I've read Mr. Chang's other two novels (one for an Asian-American lit class, another on my own), and was really surprised to see him try this kind of novel. It's a thriller and love-story and it's so different from his other works. I really liked it. At first I was confused, not even sure it was the same author, but then I saw the same kinds of themes he handles, like dealing with past secrets and people being lonely and isolated. I also saw him turning up the plot elements, which was fun. I think most people will like this novel a lot, because it's exciting, and also looks deep into what it means to be alone in the world. I guess I kind of fell for Allen Choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blown Away
This absolutely terrific novel totally subverted my expectations of what an "Asian American" or crime novel ought to be. It's engrossing, fast-paced and intriguing in ways that you won't expect. The crime format provides Chang an opportunity to explore race, class and family without being bogged down by the weight of those issues. And Chang fleshes out Allen's character and touches upon racial issues without ever derailing the fast-paced storyline. And yet, at the same time, this is NOT simply a crime novel, either. It's a blend of both--something really innovative and different.

Don't be put-off because Chang has the courage to move away from stock issues played out by other KA writers. While some people think that Chang Rae Lee is be the best KA writer out there, let it be said: Leonard Chang is BETTER than Chang Rae Lee. In fact, he's a better fiction writer than most of the Asian American writers out there as well. Beacuse he's a WRITER'S writer, i.e. he cares about his craft and not about selling out to mainstream tastes of what an Asian American novel should be. Of course, because he doesn't write about KAs whose mothers happen to be comfort women, intergenerational conflict or "honor killings," Chang will be somewhat underrated and underappreciated by those who prefer sappy melodramas about Asian Americans. Which is a shame because he's one of the most talented and interesting writers to ever come out of Korean America. Read Over the Shoulder. It's truly an immensely enjoyable and exciting novel that will be sure to blow you away. ... Read more


8. Pour rien, ou presque
by Leonard Chang, Robert P├ępin
Paperback: 443 Pages (2002-08-28)
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9. All Under Heaven: Sun Yat-Sen and His Revolutionary Thought (Studies in Economic, Social, and Political Change, the Republic of China)
by Sidney H. Chang, Leonard H. D. Gordon
 Hardcover: 277 Pages (1991-06)
list price: US$29.95
Isbn: 081799081X
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10. Biography - Chang, Leonard (1968-): An article from: Contemporary Authors Online
by Gale Reference Team
 Digital: 5 Pages (2006-01-01)
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Word count: 1311. ... Read more


11. The Crescent Review (: New Stories, Volume 13)
by Lucinda Ebersole, Lisa Katherine Murawski, Barbara Westwood Diehl, David Hall, Susan S. Kelly, Don Shea, Eric D. Randall, Leonard W. Chang, Joyce Renwick, Marlin Barton
Paperback: Pages (1995)

Isbn: 1887310029
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The Crescent Review is a Non-Profit organization chartered in Winston-Salem NC in 1982.First Published Story: Eric D. RandallNew Stories: Marlin Barton, Leonard Chang,Barbara W. Diehl, Lucinda Ebersole, Christopher Essex, Donna Gershton, David Hall, Susan S. Kelly, Stephen March, Robert McHugh, Lisa K. Murawski, Joyce Renwick, Don Shea. ... Read more


12. Brother Chang's chop 'n' chew
by Leonard C. H Chang
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1982)

Asin: B00071A782
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13. OVER THE SHOULDER: A Novel of Intrigue
by Leonard Chang
 Hardcover: Pages (2001-01-01)

Asin: B0028QAMNO
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14. OVER THE SHOULDER -- BARGAIN BOOK
by LEONARD CHANG
 Hardcover: Pages (2001)

Asin: B000MGXMO8
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15. Fade to Clear : An Allen Choice Novel (No. 2)
by Leonard Chang
 Paperback: Pages (2004)

Asin: B000OTG9V6
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16. Elegy Dawn Japanese Language Book
by Leonard Chang
 Hardcover: Pages (2002)

Asin: B001E7I4HY
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17. ANDAKIRU (Book Plus) Japanese Language Book
by Leonard Chang
 Hardcover: Pages (2003)

Asin: B001E7EOAU
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18. Underkill
by Leonard Chang
 Paperback: Pages (2003)

Asin: B000OTG9BQ
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19. Electromagnetic Waves and Curved Structured (Iee Electromagnetic-Waves Ser No 2)
by Leonard Lewin, Donald C. Chang
 Hardcover: 206 Pages (1977-06)
list price: US$43.50
Isbn: 0901223964
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20. Dance Me to the End of Love
by Leonard Cohen, Henri Matisse
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1995-05)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$66.98
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Asin: 1556704062
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The perfect book for art lovers, song lovers, and other lovers as well, this evocative, lyrical tribute to love and its healing, restorative powers, is complemented by 21 diverse works by Henri Matisse, including oils, line drawings, paper cut-outs, book illustrations, and linocuts.Amazon.com Review
The Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen, known primarily for his mournful tunes of love misplaced, has produced a surprising message of hopeful passion in this playful picture book for grownups in love. The 21 Matisse illustrations sprawl luxuriously across the pages. Art, poetry, and the suggestion of erotic delights... what more can a lover ask? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars beautiful expression of love
My special someone emailed this Leonard Cohen song/poem to me.I went on Amazon to buy the CD and saw the book which is the lyrics accompnied by Matisse illustrations. I was truly moved by how this uNion of art and music captured the power of true love. I recommend the book and the CD as a very special set especially for those who know the elusiveness of love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sensational
This is the most beautiful book ever! The work of two superb artists portrayed together.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very gracious and sensual!
I loved the harmony that I found between the verses of Cohen and Matisse's paintings! How very well arranged! The images dance to the verses of the song and both words and images intertwine.
Very gracious and sensual!

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect symbioses

This is the perfect symbioses of Matisse's work of art and Cohen's poetry;
and a such a true source of joy to read over and over again.

I know I will!

Morgan Sand

5-0 out of 5 stars When poetry and illustrations dance together!
This is a beautiful book based on Leonard Cohen's lyrics about the healing power of love and its meaningfulness andHenri Matisse's sensual and distinctive illustrations.
Dance Me To The End Of Love is a wonderful book which has an appeal to everyone.

Joyce Akesson, author of Love's Thrilling Dimensions and The Invitation ... Read more


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