The Good, the Bad and the Fox
Original title: Le Bon, la Brute et le Renard
Three Chinese men sweltering in the heat are scouring the Californian desert in search of the daughter of one of them who disappeared a month ago. Zuo Luo is a righter of wrongs who specialises in saving damsels in distress. Duck Beak is his acolyte who pretends to be dim but is into Tang poetry, ethology and Mongolian wrestling. And his cousin Menfei is a restaurateur in New York concerned about his daughter’s whereabouts. Several times in the course of their weary trek they cross paths with a pair of cops – Rangvald Hollingsworth, who fantasises about the pneumatic and inaccessible body of his superior, and Lieutenant Nyyrikki Amburn – who are also trying to track down a missing person.
In Paris, Chen Wanglin, a Beijing journalist who will one day use the real Zuo Luo as the model for a character in a crime novel, is investigating the disappearance of his boss’s daughter. Will one case throw light on another? A Taoist road trip which questions the foundations of existence and reality.