With a Chinese American Gunslinger, He’s Challenging the Whiteness of Westerns

Tom Lin is making his debut with “The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu,” a novel that has drawn comparisons to Cormac McCarthy and “True Grit.”

By Alexandra Alter

Ming Tsu, the bloodthirsty outlaw in Tom Lin’s surreal new Western, has a lethal superpower: His victims, blinded by their own bias, don’t realize he’s a threat until it’s too late.

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