novel Salvationof a Saint plays out far more
traditionally than his previous The Devotion of Suspect X, with a
whodunit plot, several possible suspects, alibis, wronged women, and
What Lin seems to have set out to do is create a noir
protagonist of color, and to undermine the seedy depiction of Chinatowns that
has existed in the popular mainstream as being populated by nameless and
faceless Chinese people.