Ghost Hero (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #11)

Ghost Hero (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #11)


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Ghost Hero (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #11) by S. J. Rozan, Emily Woo Zeller

After a dry spell and verging on desperate for work, Chinese- American P.I. Lydia Chin agrees to take a case different from her usual fare. A man calling himself Jeff Dunbar hires her to track down a rumor about a very unusual Chinese painter. Contemporary Chinese painting is blazing hot in the art world and no one is hotter than Chau Chun – Ghost Hero Chau. A brilliant and widely-recognized artist, known for mixing classical forms and contemporary political comment, his works are highly prized. The rumor of new paintings by Chau is racing through the Manhattan art world. There's only one problem – Ghost Hero Chau has been dead for twenty years.

Something is clearly amiss. Not only is the Ghost Hero dead, but Lydia's client isn't who he claims to be. And she's not the only PI looking into the case—Bill Smith and Lydia discover that Jack Lee, also Chinese-American, a PI and an art expert as well —has been hired to chase down the same rumors. What starts as buzz over new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more complex and dangerous, involving secrets that more than one person seems willing to go to extremes to protect.

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ISBN-13: 9780792760382
Publisher: AudioGO
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series , #11

About the Author

S.J. ROZAN is author of many critically acclaimed novels which have won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan now lives in lower Manhattan.

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Ghost Hero 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LaylaCD More than 1 year ago
There is much too much banter in this novel and not nearly enough movement....frankly, I gave up 2/3 of the way thru and archived this on my NOOK. I've read Rozan before & loved the work, but this was a hughe disappointment.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
A ghost as hero? Well, why not? So much fiction requires us to suspend belief, in Ghost Hero author S.J. Rozan makes it a pleasure. The story is mostly told in conversation between very likable characters. To tell a story in that manner is hard to pull off without making the conversations stilted. But here they are pleasantly breezy, but so well-crafted that I was impressed the more I read. When all was done, I felt eager to read other stories in the series, which was all new to me. Author Rozan took some big chances with her invented characters such as Vladimir and Dr. Lin, but they worked well and with great humor. And the um, real characters did too. I particularly liked Jack and Eddie To.
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MarjorieofConnecticut More than 1 year ago
There are few authors that can keep a series fresh and entertaining in the way that S.J. Rozan has with her Lydia Chin/Bill Smith PI books. In her 11th, GHOST HERO, she brings her two private investigators into the world of art (Chinese and Chinese-American) in the galleries of New York City where they cross paths with another PI. I won't say any more because I know that part of the joy of reading a book is discovering what comes next. I will say that Rozan's humor, her intricate plots (that feel like a literary peeling away of the layers on an onion), her keen observations about human nature and her street smarts make this another wonderful addition to the series. I prefer to read most series in the order that they were written, but if you haven't read any of this series before (and why haven't you?), this would be an excellent place to start. But I think that you'll then go back to CHINA TRADE (the 1st in the series) and start all over again. Enjoy!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Modern day Chinese art collector Jeff Dunbar hears rumors of the discovery of previously unknown works by the late "Ghost Hero" Chau Chun, who died during the Tiananmen Square uprising. A legend among freedom lovers, the Ghost Hero concealed anti-government messages in his drawings. Although Jeff assumes that if the paintings exist they are forgeries as they contain contemporary political messages or the Ghost lives, he hires Chinese-American private investigator Lydia Chin to look into the existence and authenticity of the claims. Lydia's partner Bill Smith introduces her to a sleuthing colleague Jack Lee, also a native Chinese-American. Jack explains that NYU professor Bernard Yang has hired him to investigate the Chau Chun claims. As the detectives compare notes, Lydia and Bill wonder what their client really wants. This is a super twisting Chin and Smith investigative thriller (see On the Line) that grips readers from the moment Dunbar hires Chin and never slows down until the final denouement. The key cast is fully developed in this fast-paced yet cerebral mystery. Like Chin, Smith and Lee, readers will want to know who is painting the current Ghost Hero masterpieces. Harriet Klausner