Running Away

Delicious, cool & refreshing book, which is odd, since the scenes in the book are mostly sweaty, dusty, from the cramped and packed streets of Shanghai. A Frenchman finds himself landing in China, swept into the care of Zhang Xiangzhi, a business associate of his French girlfriend Marie. He meets the intriguing Li Qi at a party, offers to accompany her to Beijing, and upon arrival at the train station finds Zhang will be with them. Marie gives her French boyfriend an envelope of cash to give to Zhang, which he then turns into drugs and causes a police chase from the bowling alley they meet up with Li Qi at. Meanwhile, Marie’s father has died and the boyfriend must fly back to Italy for the funeral. Very sparse, clean prose. Quick read, yummy.
Recommended by Green Apple’s book club.