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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for SNAKES CAN'T RUN  by Ed Lin, a m ystery/thriller available now from Wil...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for SNAKES CAN'T RUN by Ed Lin, a mystery/thriller available now from William Morrow/Witness.

Ed Lin will be awarding a limited edition print copy of the book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

Snakes Can't Run
by Ed Lin


GENRE:   FICTION/Mystery & Thriller



Set in New York City in 1976, Snakes Can't Run finds NYPD detective Robert Chow still haunted by the horrors of his past and relegated to tedious undercover work. When the bodies of two undocumented Chinese men are found under the Brooklyn Bridge underpass, Chow is drawn into the case. Most of the officers in his precinct are concerned with a terrorist group targeting the police, but Chow's investigation puts him on the trail of a ring of ruthless human smugglers who call themselves the snakeheads. As Chow gets closer to solving the murder, dangerous truths about his own family's past begin to emerge. Steeped in retro urban attitude, and ripe with commentary on minorities' roles in American society, this gritty procedural will appeal to fans of George Pelecanos and S.J. Rozan.



By the time I got to Henry Street under the Manhattan Bridge overpass, one black-and-white and one unmarked police car were already there.

Peepshow was standing at the edge of the crime scene, twirling his baton, the one thing he could do without fucking up. "Keep moving, keep moving!" he yelled to the murmuring Chinese people. He touched his cap when he saw me. I nodded back.

Two bodies, Asian men in their twenties, lay on their sides. Both had their hands tied behind them with wire. They didn't look fresh, and one man's tattoo behind his ears stood out in sharp contrast to the white bloodless flesh of his neck.

I walked up to English, but before I could say anything he put a hand on my shoulde.r

"These fucking bag monkeys won't let me past the tape," he said, pointing out the forensic team collecting samples around the bodies.

"They're just trying to do their job right."

"I'll do their job for them right now. These guys died from gunshot wounds and the bodies were dumped here. You can analyze for blood type all you want, but you can't find the criminals looking down a microscope."

"I hear you."

"You know what solves crimes?"


"Shoe leather. Walking around and asking questions."

"All right."

"Chow," he said, coming in closer. "You see the guy in the crowd in the red knit shirt smoking a cigarette?"

"Yeah," I said, knowing better than to look immediately.

"I don't like his face. Too smug."

"I'll follow him."



How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I was playing around with the idea of snakeheads, human smugglers in the Chinese community, and I was wondering how I could make it sound more intriguing. Snakes Can’t Run is the result.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Absolutely the cop narrator, Robert Chow. He’s so different than me. I overthink and hang back and wait and see how things play out. He goes into nearly every situation looking for a fight.
How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
Willie Gee, who looks like an evil Roy Orbison. He runs the giant dimsum restaurant in Chinatown, Jade Palace. He steals a part of the waiters’ tips and treats everybody badly. As savvy as he is, Willie doesn’t see that this is ultimately bad for his business.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
It is set four decades ago but many of the issues about immigration and documentation echo from that time in our continuing conversation today.
Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
From my seventh-grade librarian. She was a brilliant reader. She took the time to inhabit each character to tell a story, it truly was magical.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I write on vintage Mac laptops, pre-Intel Powerbooks. They’re big and the keyboards feel great. I imagine it’s the literary equivalent of being into muscle cars.
What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
I’m working on the third book in a Taipei-based mystery series I write or Soho Crime. Check it out.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Don’t lend out copies of your book (you’ll never see them again)--buy extra copies as gifts.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can't Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.



Ed Lin will be awarding a limited edition print copy of the book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Get carried away with love!