Looking for a good old fashion mystery with a fresh new twist? This one book is for you! Claudia Lin is a secret dating app detective! Fun! She's verifying if that date of yours is who they really say they are. Are they really single? Are they really employed? Claudia will find out.
When a client turns up dead, under (you guessed it) mysterious circumstances, Claudia (once obsessed with her mom's old Inspector Yuan books) can't leave well enough alone. Using instincts and skills honed from years of ferociously reading and re-reading those Inspector Yuan books, she goes on a series of dangerous, sometimes embarrassing adventures to track down the killer.
I love that Claudia uses books to solve the crime and that she is not your typical mystery novel protagonist. For one she's Chinese, second-generation American, that has no interest in living up to her fractious family's model minority expectations. She doesn't want a conventional career nor a nice Chinese boy. She prefers girls!
March 2022 Indie Next List
“Set in the age of internet dating, Claudia Lin investigates the murder of one of her firm’s clients. Jane Pek weaves issues of technology, privacy, cultural identity, and a warm family story. Let's hope this is the start of a new series!”
— Jane Stiles, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing. . . .
"The world of social media, big tech and internet connectivity provides fertile new ground for humans to deceive, defraud and possibly murder one another. . . . Well rendered and charming. . . . Original and intriguing." --The New York Times Book Review
Claudia is used to disregarding her fractious family's model-minority expectations: she has no interest in finding either a conventional career or a nice Chinese boy. She's also used to keeping secrets from them, such as that she prefers girls--and that she's just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency. A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia believes she's landed her ideal job. But when a client vanishes, Claudia breaks protocol to investigate--and uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. Part literary mystery, part family story, The Verifiers is a clever and incisive examination of how technology shapes our choices, and the nature of romantic love in the digital age.
A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.
About the Author
JANE PEK was born and grew up in Singapore. She holds a BA from Yale University, a JD from the New York University School of Law, and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Witness, Conjunctions, Literary Hub, and twice in The Best American Short Stories. She currently lives in New York, where she works as a lawyer at a global investment company.