“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

苍黄 (lit. Yellow Ochre)

Novel by Wang Yuewen.

Wang Yuewen’s newest novel, Yellow Ochre is the story of political infighting, friendship and deceit at the highest levels of a small district government. Problems stemming from a fraudulent “election,” in which the dummy candidate goes insane in public, cause a schism between the main character, Deputy Party Secretary Li Jiyun, and Party Secretary Li Xingming; the overly honest Price Bureau Director Shu Zeguang is framed in a prostitution scandal; a new Party Secretary is assigned to the district, and people start disappearing…