- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
"Fast-paced and clever, with zippy dialogue and suspenseful chase scenes, this lively thriller will leave you breathless and giddy."
—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
"All the twists you’d expect from Rozan."
"A high-velocity entry in a reliable series."
"If you long for heart-stopping action and ... original characters ... look no further."
Lydia Chin's been kidnapped, and Bill Smith has only 12 action-packed hours to find her.
The robotic voice in an early-morning phone call informs New York private eye Bill Smith that Lydia Chin, his partner in more ways than one (The Shanghai Moon, 2009, etc.), has been snatched by someone who insists that Bill follow a series of cryptic clues if he wants to see her again. The deadline-juiced taunts, a specialty of Jeffery Deaver, were a cliché long ago, but this time there are a couple of nifty new twists. The very first set of clues send Bill, together with Lydia's cousin Linus Wong and his resourceful friend Trella Bartoli, to a defunct bar in Red Hook, where he finds a dead Chinese hooker, her very live pimp and his goons and a police cordon Bill miraculously manages to slip. "Now you can't goto the cops plus you have tododgethem!" gloats the kidnapper, tactfully omitting the fact that Bill has also become persona non grata among Chinatown's human-smuggling community. Soon after a second set of clues sends Bill to a windy Manhattan rooftop, he figures out who his tormentor is. But he's still condemned to spend the rest of his day racing around New York trying to rescue other Chinese illegals and get a bead on the kidnapper while dodging cops and smugglers alike.
All the twists you'd expect from Rozan, but speeded up within an inch of their lives, just like the summer movie this yarn ought to spawn.
Excerpted from On the Line by S. J. Rozan Copyright © 2010 by S. J. Rozan. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Posted April 13, 2011
There are some likable characters in this otherwise tiresome novel. Bill Smith is required to decipher various odd clues in order to find the missing Lydia Chin, who is being held hostage by an old enemy of Bill's. Should the clues be misinterpreted, which is the most likely thing, then she will die. yet they interpret the clues correctly only to find other obstacles in their way. Throughout the book I kept wondering why it was written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2010
A real disappointment. I'm a big fan of Rozan and the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series. This novel is such a cliche the title ought to have been 'Cliche'. Smith must solve puzzles to save his partner from a kidnapper bent on revenge. A plot line so old and tired it can only wheeze its way along on this book. Rozan covers no new territory, the action is entirely predictable and her usual deft character development is entirely missing. The dialog is tired and overwrought, apparantly having Smith regularly melt down is supposed to develop tension. It only developed a headache for me.
Do not waste your time or money on this book. Let's hope the next Rozan novel will be up to her usual standards.
Posted October 1, 2010
It's great. The action starts immediately, there are many twists and turns, delightful (and some not so delightful) new characters appear and deep psychological motivations are revealed. It all takes place in NYC. There is tension, but it is not the usual tension between Bill Smith and Lydia Chin. Throughout the preceding series of novels and short stories these private investigators with very different personalities work on cases together and their relationship with each other. In this case, Lydia has been kidnapped and Bill, given strange clues by the kidnapper, must find her in a short time or she dies. As usual, SJ Rozan's writing, descriptions and attention to detail are excellent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2010
New York City P.I. Bill Smith is in a jam. The heavy drinking, heavy smoking, staunch loner is not only caught up in a case with deeply personal reverberations, but he can't work this case by himself. He's going to need help. And that won't make him happy, but it will make readers very happy with S.J. Rozan's new excellent roller coaster of a book, "On The Line", the 10th in her Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series. I had seen the name S.J. Rozan in mystery circles for a while. Her books were highly recommended by other mystery readers and authors (and that is quite a compliment), but for some reason it took me until this past July to finally pick up the first of her books. I read "China Trade" and I was hooked big time. I then eagerly read all nine of the books, one after the other, enjoying the well crafted plots and the complex and interesting characters as well as the settings mostly in New York City (especially Chinatown). "On The Line" was the first book in the series where I had to wait for its publication and it was worth the wait. I don't want to give away any more of the plot and spoil it for you in any way. I don't want to tell you about Bill's case. What I do want you to do is suggest that you grab this book and read it now! (It will be a more intense experience if you have read the other nine books, but the new one also can stand very solidly on its own.) My only problem? Waiting a year for the next adventure. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2010
In New York City, private investigator Bill Smith receives a call from the cell phone of his partner Lydia Chin. However, she is not the voice on the other end; instead an unknown person claims to have abducted Lydia. Believing initially this is a sick prank; Bill knows Lydia has been kidnapped when she briefly gets on the phone.
The culprit gives Bill twelve hours to save her life and the sleuth must adhere to the rules of the game, which include no cops and subject to change at the whim of the perpetrator. Bill scrambles to save the life of his partner, but NYPD suspects him of at least with one homicide during the hunt. He obtains needed assistance from Lydia's cyber guru cousin Linus Wong and her best friend police detective Mary Kee, but the psychopath owns the cat and mouse game as Lydia is the cheese.
Mindful of the John Cena movie Twelve Rounds, On the Line is a fast-paced exhilarating thriller in which the predator makes and breaks and changes the rules turning the desperate hero into a puppet on a string. Loaded with action, readers will enjoy John's frantic tour of New York as time is running out for Lydia.
0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.