It's a debut novel perfectly balanced between gut-kick action and soul-baring emotion. Portland author Daniel Nieh joined us to talk about his first book--Beijing Payback-- and how is own life (translator, international model, child of a Chinese immigrant father and Jewish mother) influenced the story. The book centers on Victor Li, a basketball-playing college senior, and his sister Jules. They are devastated by their father’s murder, and shocked by a confessional letter Victor 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 Li travels to Beijing, where he navigates his father’s secret criminal life, confronting decades-old grudges, violent spats, and a shocking new enterprise that the organization wants to undertake. Standing up against it is likely what got his father killed, but Victor remains undeterred. He enlists his growing network of allies and friends to finish what his father started, no matter the costs.
- Book Event for Beijing Payback
- Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30pm
- Powell's City of Books, 1005 West Burnside, Portland
For more information, visit Daniel's website.