Although sold as detective fiction, the book seems to be more a relatively simple exposition of life in present day China. The
heroine is a private detective though such activity is illegal so she advertises as an information consultant. Much of the book is taken up with the background to her life and to that of some of her friends with the detecting element intruding only from
time to time. Even with this, the case she has is one given her by a family friend which turns out to relate to her mother's
past. Almost believable but not very good.