China Trade (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #1)

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It's a city within a city, of smells, sounds, dark shops, and close-knit families; it's a world all its own. And in all of New York's Chinatown, there is no one like P.I. Lydia Chin, who has a nose for trouble, a disapproving Chinese mother, and a partner named Bill Smith who's been living above a bar for sixteen years.

Hired to find some precious stolen porcelain, Lydia follows a trail of clues from highbrow art dealers into a world of Chinese gangs. Suddenly, this case has ...

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Overview

It's a city within a city, of smells, sounds, dark shops, and close-knit families; it's a world all its own. And in all of New York's Chinatown, there is no one like P.I. Lydia Chin, who has a nose for trouble, a disapproving Chinese mother, and a partner named Bill Smith who's been living above a bar for sixteen years.

Hired to find some precious stolen porcelain, Lydia follows a trail of clues from highbrow art dealers into a world of Chinese gangs. Suddenly, this case has become as complex as her community itself—and as deadly as a killer on the loose...

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"Rozan shows a knack for characterizing Chinatown's denizens, apothecaries, shops and food."

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"Rozan's Chinatown setting has the ring of authenticity, and Lydia is a true original. A very promising start to what shapes up as a top-flight series."

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Stuart Miller
It's always exciting to read the first novel of a newcomer with a distinctive voice and the talent to put a new spin on an established genre. Such is the case with this page-turning mystery introducing Lydia Chin, a Chinese American private investigator living in New York City's Chinatown. When the Chinatown Museum is robbed of a set of rare porcelains, the chair of the board of directors calls in her friend Lydia, despite the opposition of Lydia's brother, Tim, a board member embarrassed by his sister's occupation (not suitable for a respectable Chinese woman) and afraid that her failure to solve the crime will make him lose face. Working with her sometime partner Bill Smith, Lydia finds a connection between the shadowy underworld of the tongs (Chinese gangs) and the black market in stolen art, which leads in turn to violence and danger--definitely unsuitable surroundings in the eyes of Lydia's family. Rozan's Chinatown setting has the ring of authenticity, and Lydia is a true original. A very promising start to what shapes up as a top-flight series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312955908
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 310,576
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

S. J. Rozan is the author of many critically acclaimed novels and has won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards. She lives in New York. 

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Excellent Fresh Crime Novel

    The debut novel in an interesting and unique series. Rozan has a fresh, exciting voice, and she¿s developed two lead characters with enormous rapport, yet individual outlooks. There are now several books in the series and it's worth starting at the beginning. Lydia Chin is a young Chinese woman in an unusual profession, that of a licensed PI working in and around the Chinatown of New York. Her partner, when she needs one, is Bill Smith a sixteen-year veteran of the mean streets, but an unusual, white, New York PI. That Smith has fallen for Chin only adds to the luster of this book. It¿s January and approaching the Chinese New Year. Chin is still struggling to establish herself as a true professional in a world full of preconceptions and prejudices. She¿s hired by a small Chinatown museum to find and retrieve some boxes of rare porcelains which were stolen from the museum. Through Lydia Chin, the author guides us into the amazing and shadowy world of Chinese people in America, of gangs, small shops, alternative medicines, and the reclusive obsessive world of people who are fixated on extremely limited aspects of the art world. There is gripping, detailed action, with almost no letdown in pace, even when we are introduced to some of the more arcane elements of a displaced Chinese culture. The personal by-play between Chin and Smith is always interesting but is never allowed to interfere with the main story line. This is a fine first novel in what has become an excellent series where readers eagerly await the next in the series.

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