Andy Oakes (author)
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Andy Oakes (born 1952 in London, also known as Andrew Oakes) is a youth counsellor who works amongst highly disengaged young people to sort out drugs and alcohol issues. Oakes was previously a defense engineer, photographer, and a small business owner. He received a Calouste Gulbenkian award in 1972 to complete a photographic study of young people within an inner city setting and the resulting exhibition travelled the UK and appeared in several major galleries for the next eighteen months.
Oakes has written two books; Dragon's Eye: A Chinese Noir, published in 2003, and Citizen One, which was released in 2007. He is credited with the instigation of the 'Chinese noir' genre, in which the People's Republic of China's politics are viewed in the setting of a crime-thriller. Both books deal with Human Rights issues in China, in a political/crime thriller setting where alienation and the shadow of the state loom large. Oakes has extensive experience travelling in the People's Republic of China. Dragon's Eye won the Euroropean Crime and Mystery Award in Paris in 2004, and centres upon the controversial organ transplant system within China. Citizen One is a fast moving crime and political thriller which deals with a host of issues including vice, transgenic crops, gendercide and the cult of the 'princeling' children of wealthy cadre in the People's Republic of China. Both of his books have received positive reviews.
Dragon's Eye is as fine a debut novel as I've seen in years. Really a great read
Nelson De Mille
He is currently working on his third book which is also set in Shanghai, which will deal with such issues as stolen children, corruption, the states impact upon the rights of the individual and alienation.