February 2021: IQ



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  • Have you read many crime/thriller/mystery/noir books? What do you feel when you’re reading an Asian American authors’ work in the genre?

  • If you have spent time in Asia, what was your relationship to mystery/detective/noir writing there?

  • If you have family or friends in Asia, have you heard them talk about the genre?

  • Do thrillers work outside of metropolitan areas? What about in wealthier neighborhoods?

  • Ide was obviously inspired by Sherlock Holmes; how do you feel about this homage?

  • What aspects of the detective genre were altered by the main character’s race?

  • Have you read many Asian American narratives from a male perspective?

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