Over the Shoulder

Over the Shoulder A hybrid of crime and literary novel that explores issues of honor and family history Over The Shoulder offers a unique view of the American protagonist and reluctant investigator shaken from the do

  • Title: Over the Shoulder
  • Author: Leonard Chang
  • ISBN: 9780060198398
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Over the Shoulder

    A hybrid of crime and literary novel that explores issues of honor and family history, Over The Shoulder offers a unique view of the American protagonist and reluctant investigator, shaken from the doldrums of his insulated life.Choice and his partner, Paul Baumgartner, are security specialists for Silicon Valley executives.When Paul gets killed on the job, Choice and anA hybrid of crime and literary novel that explores issues of honor and family history, Over The Shoulder offers a unique view of the American protagonist and reluctant investigator, shaken from the doldrums of his insulated life.Choice and his partner, Paul Baumgartner, are security specialists for Silicon Valley executives.When Paul gets killed on the job, Choice and an inexperienced Bay Area reporter, Linda Maldonado, begin looking into the puzzling circumstances of the murder As they work together to unravel the intricate threads of lies and half truths, they discover that his death might be linked to an older, personal one the mysterious death of Allen s father some twenty years earlier.With his self described philosophy of removement as his frame of reference, Choice searches for the hidden, long buried answers, only to be outmaneuvered at every juncture Against this backdrop of violence and deception, Choice soon discovers secrets that alter his understanding of his father, of his family secrets that lead him to a buried history of betrayal.A new direction for noir fiction, Over the Shoulder is an examination of the past and the present, of long simmering familiar tensions and the subtle conflicts of race and class it is a story about the awakening of memories and an understanding of the self.

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    One thought on “Over the Shoulder

    1. Unbridled

      A good book with an uncommon narrator but I question whether the narrator is interesting because of who he is or what he is - namely, Korean-American. Not an easy thing to separate after all - the two things are not exclusive. Given this detail, the isolation and rootlessness of the narrator's condition is a nice touch. Chang as a writer is skilled, but there were ('literary') moments that I felt he was 'telegraphing his passes,' so to speak. What separates the great from the good (on the first [...]

    2. Caroline

      I love how Leonard Chang weaves the Korean identity of the main character seamlessly, and in such a subtle manner. It's not being Korean-American that makes him interesting, it's his job and his personality. Great drama and suspense!

    3. Susan

      Alan Choice is a Korean American bodyguard who's partner is shot and killed while they are protecting an exec from a high tech firm. Finding out why his partner was killed turns into unraveling what he never knew about his own past. This is a great story with really interesting characters.

    4. Nessy

      This was a solid 4.5. It took rather long until the storyline developed and really found its grip. But overall it was a very exciting read. I couldn't really put it away for like the final 20%. And I'm looking forward to the other two books of this series.

    5. Maggard

      I wanted to like this, particularly as it is evidently the start of a series. Part of my problem is that I thought this was setting up an unreliable narrator/hidden issue type reveal, and without getting too spoilery, it wasn't. So, okay, that's my fault for expecting something that the book never promised to deliver. Putting that aside, however, I found the main character surprisingly flat - surprising because it is written in first person, which is usually a good built-in way to suck me in. I [...]

    6. Mintzis

      The narrator is Korean American who digs into his partner's murder and discovers his past. What was compelling was the narrator's flat voice, sounding as if he were translating from Korean -- except that he didn't know the language. The underlying stoicism and fatalism of Koreans was almost a character in the novel. In the end the story was a little too convoluted.

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