Tom Lin

Tom Lin is an American author known for his debut novel 'The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu', which was published in 2021. The novel is a blend of historical fiction and Western, telling the story of a Chinese-American assassin on a quest for vengeance in the American West. Lin's work has been recognized for its unique perspective on the Western genre, incorporating elements of Chinese folklore and history. His writing has been praised for its lyrical prose and compelling storytelling.


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  1. 1. The Thousand Crimes Of Ming Tsu

    Set in the American West during the era of the transcontinental railroad, this novel follows the story of a Chinese-American assassin, Ming Tsu, who was forcibly taken from his homeland and trained by a crime boss. After falling in love and marrying a woman against the wishes of his boss, Ming is separated from his wife and sent to work on the railroad. He escapes and embarks on a quest for vengeance against the men who wronged him, using his lethal skills to exact justice. Along the way, he gathers a posse of outcasts, and together they navigate the harsh realities of a landscape marked by violence and racism. The narrative weaves elements of Western genre with magical realism, exploring themes of love, revenge, and the search for redemption in a lawless land.

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