From Goodreads: When a severed hand, clutching a gun, is found in a Chinatown alley in downtown Boston, detective Jane Rizzoli climbs to the adjacent roof-top and finds the hand’s owner: a red-haired woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply the head is nearly severed. She is dressed all in black, and the only clues to her identity are a throwaway cell phone and a scrawled address of a long-shuttered restaurant.
With its wary immigrant population, Chinatown is a closed neighbourhood of long-held secrets – and nowhere is this more obvious than when Jane meets Iris Fang. Strikingly beautiful, her long black hair streaked with grey, she is a renowned martial arts master. Yet, despite being skilled in swordplay, neither she nor her strangely aloof daughter, Willow, will admit any knowledge of the rooftop murder. And pathologist Dr Maura Isles has determined that the murder weapon was a sword crafted of ancient metal from China.
It soon becomes clear that an ancient evil is stirring in Chinatown – an evil that has killed before, and will kill again – unless Jane and Iris can join forces, and defeat it …
What I Loved: The Chinese history and tradition used in this book was amazing. It added depth and character to an already richly woven thriller that had you guessing for a long while. This was a mostly Rizzoli story and that played well as you got to figure out the case with her. Detective Tam was introduced in this story,I hope he sticks around for awhile or gets his own series.
What I Liked: I think this story brought Isles back to being a likable character for me. The things she is having to go through with her job and personal life are making for some interesting character building moments. I do like how they kind of crossed over each other in this story.
Why I gave it a 4.75: This was just a really good thriller that had me guessing for the most of the book. I really enjoyed every minute spent reading the story!