Beijing Payback

Beijing Payback

Victor Li is devastated by his father?s murder, and shocked by a confessional letter he finds among his father?s things. In it, his father admits that he was never just a restaurateur?in fact he was part of a vast international crime syndicate that formed during China?s leanest communist years. Victor travels to Beijing, where he navigates his father?s secret criminal life, Victor Li is devastated by his father?s murder, and shocked by a confessional letter he finds among his f...

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Title:Beijing Payback
Author:Daniel Nieh
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Beijing Payback
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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Beijing Payback Reviews

  • karen
    Jun 21, 2019
    i will be reviewing this for l.a. review of books. posted today! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/s...#! ...
  • Corny
    Sep 10, 2019
    This debut novel by a Chinese American is built around a complicated father son relationship. Victor is a fun loving college student in LA who plays varsity basketball but is not quite good enough to start. His father, an emigre from Beijing has married an American wife and raised two ...
  • Etan
    Aug 11, 2019
    This was a fast-paced, surprising and stylish thriller, made even more compelling by the skillful way that Victor moves between worlds - obviously America to China, but also from the comfort of a dorm room to the unknown dangers of the Beijing underbelly. A less thoughtful novelist wou...
  • Stephanie Tanton
    Aug 30, 2019
    I picked up this book based on a recommendation by Nicole Mones. I was quickly hooked on the story. A college student?s life is turned around by the murder of his father. By going to Beijing to retaliate against his father?s corrupt partners, Victor begins to unravel his father?s...
  • Kelly
    Jul 23, 2019
    Danny is an old friend of mine and I'm so excited that his book is being published! ...
  • Ming
    Sep 02, 2019
    This book fails the Bechdel Test. The women are props or mere vehicles for the men to do something. It is fast paced and I was surprised how I got sucked into it. The part where and premise of a SDSU college student, basketball player, hapa guy going to Red China and trying to av...
  • VL
    Feb 10, 2019
    If you like the Joe Ide books, I highly recommend this book. It's not Sherlock Holmes, but Nieh's writing draws you in from the beginning. ...
  • Alison
    Jul 28, 2019
    The black guy is great at basketball, the Jewish guy is good with money and all the women are hot. Not much of an imagination. How about mentioning a woman without telling us about her long hair and legs? Would it be so hard? ...
  • Audrey
    May 14, 2019
    This was a disappointment. I loved the idea but it meandered a bit that I had a hard time focusing. It almost seemed like it was a kid?s dream version of vengeance for his father. Moreover, the women characters were so peripheral and weakly drawn. Actually, it pretty much only focuse...
  • Donna Taormina
    Aug 14, 2019
    A pretty interesting plot about Chinese gangs, illicit organ trade, and how the children of a (now deceased) gangster try to pick up the pieces of their lives and find out who their father really was. Sometimes the pace was a little slow, sometimes fast, and that choppiness detracted f...
  • Kady
    Aug 16, 2019
    I think this will be a better movie than it was a book. The internal monologue of the main character was pretty bland, so if you get rid of that, you have a pretty fun, propulsive story. I did see the final twist coming from the first third of the book, but the deployment of it was mor...
  • John
    Sep 08, 2019
    Based on the review and synopsis, I thought I'd like this one a lot, but that wasn't the case. I thought the plot developments were slow in coming, and I didn't think the main characters were fleshed out particularly well. They just didn't seem like they spoke with unique voices. Fun i...
  • Yassi
    Sep 04, 2019
    Quick little thriller. Bonus points for light and dark humor. Extra points for author being beyond gorgeous. ...
  • David
    Aug 24, 2019
    Clearly written. Easy read. Thriller. Having just read a couple of Elliot Pattison's mysteries set in Tibet, this one, in comparison, seems merely clever and shallow. I didn't care about anyone in the book. They could have all gotten killed in the end and I would have thought: what a c...
  • Katharine
    Sep 12, 2019
    I'm too old for this kind of book. The protagonist is a college basketball player, and does not have much of an inner life. Lots of fights, which I can never follow. Only saved from one star by the comments of a character near the end of the book about the way westerners see China - fi...
  • Lata
    Sep 09, 2019
    I took a chance on this book and I'm pleased I did. Though this is a mystery, and a revenge tale, it's also an interesting treatment of grief, a father-son and family relationship. A family that turns out to be way more complicated the more Victor Li and his sister Jules dig into their...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Jul 17, 2019
    Imagine you're a college student and your father Li is murdered. Horrible, right? Well, then imagine that you discover that he was just running a restaurant, he was running a crime organization that started in China years ago and continues today. That's what Victor, and his sister Jule...
  • Hazel Katherine
    Sep 10, 2019
    As a YA book, this rocks. It spans continents, has plenty of mystery, intrigue, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. For those of us who are aware that we need to read beyond white writers, this ticks the box - without *just* ticking the box. Give it a whirl if you l...
  • Gina Gray
    Jul 31, 2019
    A Chinese -American college student takes on a Beijing organized crime ring to avenge his father's murder. This was a lot of fun. It didn't shy away from some "big ideas" relating to loyalty and identity, but never forgot what it was: a faced-paced and entertaining thrill ride. Some of...
  • Nancy Jacobs
    Sep 03, 2019
    enjoyed this book very much, but stay away if you don't enjoy reading anything at all violent. I hope Daniel Nieh does another book with this character. Beijing Payback Be sure to look at the author photo. ...
  • Laurel Starkey
    Aug 11, 2019
    I started reading this book because a review promised a fast-paced day of exciting reading. Instead I found irritating characters, stiff silly dialogue and an unrealistic plot. It had a surprise ending but by the time I got to the end I so strongly disliked Victor (the book?s narrato...
  • Tessah
    Apr 03, 2019
    Fantastic read. It has everything you want in a thriller -- great action, humor, memorable characters, plus nuggets of wisdom about being a human in the 21st century. ...
  • Scooby Doo
    Aug 10, 2019
    Kind of a fun, fast crime thriller. The main characters were portrayed very well, too well in fact. They seemed very realistic. Then when the plot turned into a gang/crime story, it seemed unbelievable for these very normal and believable characters. The final plot twist didn't seem be...
  • Chris
    Jul 07, 2019
    Beijing Payback finds Victor and his sister Jules mourning the murder of their father. In the following days, Victor is given a letter from his father that reveals he has been living a secret life. Not only is he running 4 restaurants, but he is also one of four founders of a crime syn...
  • Ho Lin
    Aug 13, 2019
    Decent premise focuses on Victor, a typical SoCal Chinese-American college student, as he comes to grips with his father's murder, and the mysterious underworld figures who appear in his life after the event. Though the dialogue is a bit stilted, the first half keeps you engaged as Vic...
  • Meredith Rankin
    May 20, 2019
    My thoughts on what worked for me: The well-developed characters I particularly liked the fun interplay between Victor, his long-time best buddy Andre, and their roommate Eli. They?re funny, quirky, and genuinely seem to care about each other, though in their college-boy phase ...
  • Stephanie
    Aug 04, 2019
    Long, winding, and meandering revenge story that seemed like it was written for the screen, not a book. Lots of violence and action sequences that turned out great for a young and inexperienced kid from America. I listened to the audiobook which was the best way to consume it if you ha...
  • Peter Meirs
    Aug 20, 2019
    Clever story that took a while to get up to speed. Almost stopped at 30 pages (my standard decision point) but I'm glad I waited it out. I liked that the book focused on a multi-racial (Asian/white) guy and his sister and provided an interesting view of Beijing that split between capit...
  • I.A. Sutton
    Sep 05, 2019
    What to say about this novel? First off I liked it, I think mainly because of its potential (that wasn't fully realized). The concept of the book was amazing, but I think the execution wasn't all the way there. While the imagery and action was, I had some other problems like the use of...
  • Juliette Smith
    Sep 14, 2019
    I always love reading a book about adventures in China, but I can?t say that this particular adventure was really suited to my interests. The novel read like a Seth-Rogen-tries-thrillers in the beginning, with two dimensional characters defined by insulting stereotypes. Maybe I?m a...