Book Review: White Ginger by Thatcher Robinson

White GingerWhite Ginger
Thatcher Robinson
Seventh Street Books, October 2013
ISBN 978-1-61614-817-1
Trade Paperback

When you’re looking for a missing person, there only one person you should call. Bai Jiang. The People Finder. And in San Francisco’s Chinatown she’s the one you don’t want to make mad. Because has a tendency to strike back. Sometimes with a knife. This is White Ginger and this book will take you from the triad run streets of Chinatown to a hotel in Vancouver, to a barren piece of land outside of Sacramento. Jiang visits them all…with death on her tail.

Bai Jiang is a people finder. Her current case has her looking for a teenager who was sold by her brother to a gang who would use her as a sex slave. However, Jiang has more problems on her plate than a missing girl. These include: troubles with a powerful lawyer over an incident at her daughter’s school; battling her emotions regarding her ex husband who is a triad enforcement officer; and tracking down the person or persons involved with taking out a contract on her life.

The fun gimmick Robinson uses is Chinese proverbs that he works into each chapter. Jiang is a tough, sometimes cynical woman with heart and emotions that aren’t far below the surface. The action is quick and decisive, the characters are serious and motivated, the story doesn’t keep you waiting for something to happen. Welcome to Chinatown for an adventure likely to leave you wanting more.

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, August 2013.
Author of Night Shadows, Beta and Alpha.