The Shanghai Moon (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #9)

The Shanghai Moon (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #9)

by S. J. Rozan
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The Shanghai Moon (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #9) by S. J. Rozan

With The Shanghai Moon, S. J. Rozan returns to her award-winning, critically acclaimed, and much-loved characters Lydia Chin and Bill Smith in the first new novel in the series in seven years.

Estranged for months from fellow P.I. Bill Smith, Chinese-American private investigator Lydia Chin is brought in by colleague and former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help with a case that crosses continents, cultures, and decades.

In Shanghai, excavation has unearthed a cache of European jewelry dating back to World War II, when Shanghai was an open city providing safe haven for thousands of Jewish refugees. The jewelry, identifed as having belonged to one such refugee - Rosalie Gilder - was immediately stolen by a Chinese official who fled to New York City. Hired by a lawyer specializing in the recovery of Holocaust assets, Chin and Pilarsky are to find any and all leads to the missing jewels.

However, Lydia soon learns that there is much more to the story than they've been told: The Shanghai Moon, one of the world's most sought after missing jewels, reputed to be worth millions, is believed to have been part of the same stash. Before Lydia can act on this new information, Joel Pilarsky is murdered, Lydia is fired from the case, and Bill Smith finally reappears on the scene. Now Lydia and Bill must unravel the truth about the Shanghai Moon and the events that surrounded its disappearance sixty years ago during the chaos of war and revolution, if they are to stop more killings and uncover the truth of what is going on today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312644529
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series , #9
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 763,624
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 11.06(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

S.J. ROZAN was born and raised in the Bronx and is a long-time Manhattan resident. An architect for many years, she is now a full-time writer. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning novels and stories have won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and the Nero Award.

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The Shanghai Moon (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #9) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
S. J. Rozan does her usual fine job on this novel. If you enjoy a good detective novel, then this is a solid pick.
Ricsilenti More than 1 year ago
Learning there were concentration camps in China during World War II was an eye opener. Even though the letters Rosalie had written to her mother were part of the fiction, gaining an understanding that perhaps 20,000 Jews were in those camps and to some degree how they may have been treated made it well worth the read. Using those letters as clues to help solve the mystery of the Shanghai Moon became the adventure for Lydia and Bill. Murder occurs to a trusted associate Joel. Now the murderer must be found and the Shanghai Moon too will be discovered, all in the world of today. The mystery would have been more enjoyable if it had been 250 pages instead of 337.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1938 eighteen years old Jew Rosalie Gilder, carrying her mom¿s diamonds, flees Nazi Austria for Shanghai in spite of the Japanese occupation. There she marries aristocrat Chen Kai-Rong. As a show of harmony between them Chen commissions a local jeweler to create the Shanghai Moon brooch that combines the gems of his wife¿s mom with his family rare jade heirloom. The Shanghai Moon vanished during WWII.

In the present in Shanghai, Rosalie¿s jewelry box is found, but disappears again almost immediately after surfacing when Chinese government official Wong Pan steals it before fleeing to New York. A Swiss asset-recovery specialist hires Joel Pilarsky to retrieve the box assumed to be with Wong in Manhattan before he sells it to unscrupulous collectors. When Joel is murdered, his friends Lydia Chin and Bill Smith follow clues that take them to Chinatown where they run into the son of Chen and Rosalie and other family members wanting to obtain the Shanghai Moon.

It has been a few years since Chin- Smith teamed up (see REFLECTIONS IN THE SKY and WINTER AND NIGHT), but the wait was worth it. Their latest contemporary urban thriller is a fast-paced and exciting tale that comes out of the gate filled with action even before the heroes join the fray. Adding to the fun is the historical subplot re THE SHANGHAI MOON brooch that in the present has several people avariciously lusting for it; with at least one willing to kill to obtain the jewelry piece. Fans will appreciate the return of the Manhattan duo as the East comes to the West in S.J. Rozan¿s tense mystery.

Harriet Klausner