Shanghai-born crime novelist Qiu Xiaolong (裘小龙) is the author of the celebrated Inspector Chen series that has a loyal following among readers not just in China, but also around the world.
His first crime-thriller, Death of a Red Heroine, published in 2001, won an Anthony Award for best first novel, and since then his books have sold over a million copies in 20 languages. More than just your average mystery novels, Qiu’s tales are known for the unique insights they provide about China today and the conflicting ideologies faced by its people.
After the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Qiu was forced to stay on in the United States where he was studying after press reports emerged that he was a sympathiser of the student protestors. He now works as an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Watch his interview with Deborah Richards of Australia Network News after the jump…