Why would a burglar break into an art gallery and steal an historic fountain pen [known as the “Mandarin Yellow”] worth $2,200, but leave behind hundreds of other artifacts worth tens of thousands of dollars each?
And why would someone else later commit murder to protect the burglar's secret?
These are some of the questions that Socrates Cheng, an American of Chinese and Greek descent, must face as he is reluctantly dragged into the investigation of the burglary by his girlfriend's father, the notorious head of a Washington, DC, Chinatown criminal Triad.
If you’re a mystery fan, you shouldn’t miss this novel that features a Parker Duofold (the eponymous Mandarin Yellow). This is prime mystery: well plotted and compellingly written. Roth weaves a taut storyline, paces it perfectly, and wraps it in twists and turns that make no sense until you get to the end (when everything clicks perfectly into place). Along the way, he slips in all the clues you need to solve the mystery right along with hero Socrates Cheng.