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No Colder Place (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #4)
     

No Colder Place (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #4)

by S. J. Rozan, S. J. Rozan
 

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Mystery Large Print Edition * A Mystery Guild Selection Back from their Shamus Award-winning excursion, private investigators Bill Smith and Lydia Chin go undercover on a Manhattan construction site plagued by a series of thefts. What seemed like a relatively easy job turns into much more as the pair find themselves in the midst of fraud and murder that could reach

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Mystery Large Print Edition * A Mystery Guild Selection Back from their Shamus Award-winning excursion, private investigators Bill Smith and Lydia Chin go undercover on a Manhattan construction site plagued by a series of thefts. What seemed like a relatively easy job turns into much more as the pair find themselves in the midst of fraud and murder that could reach into the heart of the underworld. S.J. Rozan and Sue Grafton are the only female writers to win the prestigious Shamus Award for the best novel of the year.

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It's a lucky thing for p.i. Bill Smith that he's got construction experience; it's a perfect cover for him to get close to masonry foreman Joe Romeo—who's suspected of bookmaking, mob connections, and a lot worse—at the same time that he's keeping an eye on the suspicious series of accidents at the new 40-story apartment building that's rising at Broadway and 99th. In no time at all Bill's succeeded in persuading his partner, Mike DiMaio, that he isn't much of a mason, and he's placed his first off-track bet with Romeo. But don't count on his collecting very soon, since Romeo promptly joins missing crane operator Lenny Pelligrini and mortar mixer Reg Phillips as the latest casualty of the Armstrong building. At the same time that Bill's turning up evidence linking the cycle of violence to Louie Falco (mobbed-up childhood friend of Chuck DeMattis, the colleague who hired Bill to go undercover), Bill's partner Lydia Chin, also undercover at the Armstrong site, overhears hints that implicate general contractors Dan Crowell Sr. and Dan Crowell Jr., and take-no-prisoners Denise Armstrong herself points the finger at employment-coalition agitator Chester Hamilton. Is there any builder or subcontractor or unaffiliated lowlife in New York who doesn't have a finger in the Armstrong pie?

Despite the epidemic of corruption, Rozan's focus on the tragic Armstrong building makes this the sharpest, clearest, most purposefully focused of her four Smith/Chin mysteries

From the Publisher

“Rozan ... certainly understands how a good mystery works: by doing your homework, using the best quality materials and keeping the surprises coming until the very end.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Rozan's focus on the tragic Armstrong building makes this the sharpest, clearest, most purposefully focused of her four Smith/Chin mysteries.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The story has good bones, and the human players can stand up to a strong wind.” —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312168117
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series , #4
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.03(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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