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99 Ways to Die

(A Taipei Night Market #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Ed Lin’s third funny, food-forward mystery set in and around Taipei’s bustling night market

Jing-nan has known Peggy Lee, a bullying frenemy who runs her family's huge corporate bank/real estate company, since high school. Peggy's father has been kidnapped, and the ransom the kidnappers are demanding is not money but IP: a high-tech memory chip that they want to sell in Ch
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Published October 9th 2018 by Soho Crime
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Victoria Namkung
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun, food-filled mystery set in Taipei that has plenty to say about immigration, tradition, and the relationship between China and Taiwan.
Kasa Cotugno
Although this is third in the series, it is my first, and a welcome find. There's a mcguffin, a valuable computer enhancement, which sparks a kidnapping and murder, but the real enjoyment lies in the time and location -- I don't believe I've read anything like this set in Taiwan. Ed Lin incorporates history, relationship with the Main Land, and interestingly, immigration issues, all exemplified by a great cast of characters. Jing-nan, central protagonist and narrator, owns a food booth in the Ta ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, nov-dec-bah
Very quick read. Jumped right into the whole “my father has been kidnapped” tagline right out of the gate; however, this was quickly overshadowed by the obscene amount of backstory you need to even understand the context of this statement. And that is basically the style for this 273 page word prison. There was obviously a lot going on, but I didn’t feel the grip that comes with a true edge-of-your-sear thriller. Maybe my confusion stems from the fact that this novel is labeled as the third book ...more
Kiwi Carlisle
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Although I am still enjoying the Taiwan setting of the Night Market series, I found this book slower than the first entry in the series. It was also much too self-referential, talking a bit too much about the events of the first book for my taste. I expect the second book in a series to open its world up a bit more, but this book seems narrower. Even the kidnappings got a little lackluster. I hope the author can bounce back.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"99 Ways To Die" is the third book in the Taipei Night Market series. The background for this novel is Taipei, Taiwan. A mainlander billionaire has been kidnapped, along with one of his company executives. They are thrown in dog crates, and their plight streamed onto the Internet. Jing-nan is the owner/operator of a thriving foodstand in the Night Market - a market that is owned by Tong-tong, the billionaire that was kidnapped. He also went to school with Peggy Lee, the kidnapped man's daughter. ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is terrific! Who would expect a guy who runs a food stall in a night market to be an amateur detective? Jing-nan is pressured by his old school chum Peggy to help find her father Tong-Tong, who has been kidnapped by a group which wants an electronic memory chip. Sure. Try it- the characters are great, the dialogue often amusing, and you'll learn something about Taiwan. Lin doesn't cut those of us who are not familiar with Taiwan politics any slack but that's not a big part of the story. The ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third in Ed Lin’s Taipei Night Market series is just as funny and action-packed as the previous one I read, GHOST MONTH. I love the protagonist, Chen Jing-nan, who owns a night market in Taipei and never fails to make me laugh with his entertaining observations. In this latest, Jing-nan’s classmate Peggy Lee goes to Jing-nan for help when her wealthy tycoon father, Tong-tong, is kidnapped. The kidnappers demand a memory chip for his release. The last thing Jing-nan wants to do is get involve ...more
Winifred M Fickett
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A little hard to read but interesting and seem to have some history in it as well. I enjoyed the characters a d could definitely tell it aS a different culture which was one of the reasons at times it was hard to follow. Though I read other books while I read this one i was always compelled to back to it.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ed Lin is a funny writer and getting to know more about Tawain, its people, culture and society, was very good. But the book lost its way because the plotting is questionable, and it became confusing because character motivations felt arbitrary to me
Ken French
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps getting better. I tore through this one and the plot took a few twists that I never saw coming. Plus the descriptions of food were amazing!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Type A in Taipei. Cool noodles.
A perfect title for last book of 2018.
Chang Garcia
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read.
Doug Murphy
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ed Lin is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He's the author of several books: Waylaid, his literary debut, and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown: This Is a Bust, Snakes Can't Run, and One Red Bastard. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Lin lives in New York with his ...more

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