Death of a Red Heroine is the story of inspector Chen Cao, a Shanghai police officer investigating the murder of a Communist Party model worker, Guan Hongying. Chen suspects that the son of a powerful Party member is to blame, but bureaucratic obstacles and political corruption hinder his investigation until finally the preponderance of evidence condemns the suspect. The novel is both a murder mystery and an investigation of the political climate of post-revolutionary China.

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