There is no detail of police procedure in A Case of Two Cities, in contrast to the writers' conferences, where Qiu Xiaolong is clearly on more familiar territory. And it's entertaining when Chen and his friends quote Tang poetry at each other and trade aphorisms, but that doesn't seem entirely realistic.
The plot and the setting are good enough to carry the story, however, despite a lack of emotional tension or engagement. A Case of Two Cities is an easy and pleasant read.
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