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Qiu Xiaolong (Shanghai, 1953), originally visited the United States to write a book on T.S. Eliot. Following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, a newspaper reported on Qiu’s efforts to raise money for students in China, which was seen as an embarrassment for the Chinese government. Consequently, he was forced to remain in America to avoid persecution by the Communist Party. He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter. He writes a series of crime novels set in Shanghai featuring Chief Inspector Chen Cao, a poetry-quoting cop characterised by his moral integrity, and his sidekick, Detective Yu. His first novel in the Chen Cao series, Death of a Red Heroine, won the Anthony Award for best first novel in 2001.