Leonard Chang. Over the Shoulder (2000) 400 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Korean American Allen Choice and his partner,
Paul Baumgartner, are security specialists for Silicon Valley executives.
When Paul gets killed on the job, Choice and an inexperienced Bay Area
reporter, Linda Maldonado, begin looking into the puzzling circumstances
of the murder. As they work together to unravel the intricate threads of
lies and half-truths, they discover that his death might be linked to an
older, more personal one—the mysterious death of Allen’s father some twenty
years earlier. With his self-described “philosophy of removement” as his
frame of reference, Choice searches for the hidden, long-buried answers,
only to be outmaneuvered at every juncture. Against this backdrop of violence
and deception, Choice soon discovers secrets that alter his understanding
of his father, of his family—secrets that lead him to a buried history