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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

An astounding debut that reimagines the classic Western through the eyes of a Chinese American assassin on a quest to rescue his kidnapped wife and exact his revenge on her abductors, and “declares the arrival of an astonishing new voice” (Jonathan Lethem).

Orphaned young, Ming Tsu, the son of Chinese immigrants, is raised by the notorious leader of a California crime syndicate, who trains him to be his deadly enforcer. But when Ming falls in love with Ada, the daughter of a powerful railroad magnate, and the two elope, he seizes the opportunity to escape to a different life. Soon after, in a violent raid, the tycoon’s henchmen kidnap Ada and conscript Ming into service for the Central Pacific Railroad.

Battered, heartbroken, and yet defiant, Ming partners with a blind clairvoyant known only as the prophet. Together the two set out to rescue his wife and to exact revenge on the men who destroyed Ming, aided by a troupe of magic-show performers, some with supernatural powers, whom they meet on the journey. Ming blazes his way across the West, settling old scores with a single-minded devotion that culminates in an explosive and unexpected finale.

Written with the violent ardor of Cormac McCarthy and the otherworldly inventiveness of Ted Chiang, The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu is at once a thriller, a romance, and a story of one man’s quest for redemption in the face of a distinctly American brutality.

"In Tom Lin’s novel, the atmosphere of Cormac McCarthy’s West, or that of the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, gives way to the phantasmagorical shades of Ray Bradbury, Charles Finney’s The Circus of Dr. Lao, and Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love. Yet The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu has a velocity and perspective all its own, and is a fierce new version of the Westward Dream." (Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn)

©2021 Tom Lin (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“Tom Lin’s debut novel is a special pleasure. There’s blood and humor, wit and wide knowledge, in his telling of this revenge odyssey that rambles across the vastness, harshness, and myriad dangers of the Old West. The nuanced prose is firm and evocative, and we have a gritty, luminous, and fantastic take on the era and the people. Ride this one hard, folks, and put it up wet.” (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone)

“The prophet in Tom Lin’s extraordinary novel refers to his friend Ming as a ‘man out of bounds’. Likewise The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu defies the boundaries of genre, at times standing staunchly within a perfectly researched historical world, and then strolling nonchalantly past those barriers into the world of magic and haunted souls. It’s a story that’s both brilliantly vibrant and brutally dark.” (Elizabeth Crook, author of The Which Way Tree)

“Infused with magic realism, Lin’s beautifully imagined first novel is an extraordinary epic with page-turning, often cinematic action that transcends the parameters of genre fiction. A brilliant debut, impossible to put down.” (Michael Cart, Booklist, starred review)

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  • 06-11-21

Borrowed from Murakami

Tom Lin almost transparently borrowed from Haruki Murakami in the magical realism throughout his just ok book. I bought the Audible because of a review on The New York Times. I was not overwhelmed. I did finish the book in one week on my daily walks.
But the review was inaccurate.

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Good to pass time

it's a pretty violent story without much point. Don't look for any deep meaningful substance to this book but it is good entertainment. The production was very good.

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Kill Bill Three

Revenge with violence without sensible limits is the theme of this book. It is one in the genre of real American western stories mixed with Samurai histrionics—with hand guns and Henry rifles instead of swords. The Central Pacific Railroad is another character as is the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Magic and surrealism are intertwined to aid our “hero.” A story for almost everyone.

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awesome!!!

definitely needs to be a movie or TV series mini-series for that matter. this story fights Against Racism in history definitely brings back the true presence of Chinese immigrants in America and also their role in building the United States

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Magical Western

I loved this story, it's a crazy revenge story and I love the protaganist Ming Tsu, he's on a mission and he's ready to slay. But I loved the magical characters that I didn't expect. I was hooked, really recommend this bood

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Terrific Story

I loved this book. The action starts right away and doesn't let up, but there are lots of other things going on too. I'm not a big fan of violence and this is the story of an assassin, so there's violence but it doesn't drag on and on or take over the story. The characters are varied, the magical realism is so fun, and the history and geography are woven throughout, as is the reality of being non-white in that time period. Good job by the narrator on all the characters. Great read!

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  • 06-22-21

Fabulous

I say fabulous, but this is a quest story not a fable. It's the first audio book I've listened to twice through without a pause. At first listen it was a great Western novel, filled with metaphor and deeper meaning. I love a good Western and this was up there with The Unforgiven and The Cowboy and the Cossack. on second listen, however, I realised how closely the book follows the quest format.
The story is set in the brief cowboy period of the West, but there are no cowboys here. instead, the tale focuses on the coming of the railway and the Chinese men who lived and died building it. I could go on but I'll simply end with, I loved this book. I advise you to read it ir listen to it.