Mandarin Plaid (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #3)

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It's a long way from the cramped, dreary sweatshops where Lydia Chin's mother once sewed for the heady world of fashion. But in New York City, worlds collide. And a petite, Chinese-American P.I. can still rub shoulders with the rich, the poor, the beautiful, and the depraved.

Elegant, porcelain-skinned Genna Jing is sure her latest designs are worth a fortune. That's why she is willing to pay the fifty grand being demanded by the person who stole her design book. But when ...

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Overview

It's a long way from the cramped, dreary sweatshops where Lydia Chin's mother once sewed for the heady world of fashion. But in New York City, worlds collide. And a petite, Chinese-American P.I. can still rub shoulders with the rich, the poor, the beautiful, and the depraved.

Elegant, porcelain-skinned Genna Jing is sure her latest designs are worth a fortune. That's why she is willing to pay the fifty grand being demanded by the person who stole her design book. But when Lydia—backed by her partner Bill Smith—makes the drop, everything goes wrong. Soon a simple case of high-fashion extortion leads Lydia and Bill from Chinatown to Park Avenue, and from murder to more money: a million dollars in exchange for a missing man's life...

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rozan ... puts a unique spin on her mysteries.... Rozan, as usual, creates a fully realized Manhattan populated with memorable characters."

Publishers Weekly

 

"Lydia's ... an appealing heroine."

Kirkus Reviews

 

"The first installment in this series was impressive; subsequent ones just keep getting better and better. Don't miss this one."

Booklist

Chicago Tribune
"A sharp, funny, and sexy detective...A lively story."
Book World Washington Post
"A new and absorbing voice....This is a series to watch for."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312962838
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.71 (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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Mandarin Plaid is third in my P.I. series about sometime-partners Lydia Chin, a young ABC -- American-born Chinese -- and Bill Smith, self-described as 'aging, beat-up, and unmistakably white.' Lydia Chin narrates Mandarin Plaid and the opener, China Trade; Bill Smith does Concourse and the new hardcover, No Colder Place. The series goes on alternating, giving us the world and each partner through the other's eyes.

The job that opens Mandarin Plaid seems easy: Drop off the ransom for a fashion designer's sketches. But Lydia is shot at, the cash disappears, and the case turns deadly; from Chinatown sweatshops to uptown swank, from a fashion-and-glamour fantasy to drugs, hookers, and a world where what is clashes lethally with what seems to be.

—S. J. Rozan

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