"Ed Lin’s Incensed is a stylish, smart thriller for the mind, heart, and gut. Sex, music, history, politics, food, humor, and just a touch of violence and death—you get it all. And when you're done, you’ll beg for more." —Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer
Family secrets come to light in this dark, comedic crime caper set in Taipei during the annual Mid-Autumn Festival.
In Taiwan, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for prioritizing family. When 25-year-old Jing-nan’s gangster uncle, Big Eye, asks a favor, Jing-nan can’t exactly say no, especially because two goons are going to follow him around to make sure he gets it done right. The favor is this: Big Eye’s 16-year-old daughter, Mei-ling, has a biker boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks—in Big Eye’s gangster opinion—and Big Eye wants Jing-nan to bring her to Taipei, away from the bad influences, and straighten her out.
It doesn’t take Jing-nan long to discover Mei-ling is even more trouble than the average bratty, rebellious teenager. She’s been spoiled rotten and doesn’t know how to take no for an answer. She has her father’s thugs wrapped around her finger and quickly becomes the miniature dictator of Jing-nan’s life. But Mei-ling is also hiding a secret—one that puts her in harm’s way. If Jing-nan wants to save his cousin from her own demons, he has to figure out the truth, even if it tears his family apart—again.
Taiwan's Autumn Moon Festival a time for family provides the backdrop for Lin's worthy sequel to 2014's Ghost Month. Jing-nan, owner of Unknown Pleasures, a food stall in Taipei's Shilin Night Market, has been summoned by his gangster uncle, Big Eye. Big Eye has decided that his 16-year-old daughter, Mei-Ling, needs to be separated from her boyfriend, a petty criminal; Jing-nan, as family, is chosen to be the reluctant babysitter of the insufferable teenager. Ensuring that Jing-nan keeps a close watch on Mei-Ling are two of Big Eye's thugs, who are willing to impress upon Jing-nan in any way necessary the need to take tender loving care of his young cousin. When Mei-Ling disappears and her boyfriend ends up dead, Jing-nan must take on members of Taipei's underworld to save his cousin and himself. Readers will be as caught up in Lin's rich descriptions of Taiwan's sights, sounds, and mouthwatering foods as they are in his intriguing characters.