A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel
Publication Date: February 2012
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AmericanBorn Chinese P.I. Lydia Chin is called in on what appears to be a simple case. Jeff Dunbar, art world insider, wants her to track down a rumor. Contemporary Chinese painting is sizzling hot on the art scene and no one is hotter than Chau Chun, known as the Ghost Hero. A talented and celebrated ink painter, Chau's highlyprized work mixes classical forms and modern political commentary. The rumor of new paintings by Chau is shaking up the art world. There's only one problem—Ghost Hero Chau has been dead for twenty years, killed in the 1989 Tianamen Square uprising. Not only is Ghost Hero Chau long dead, but Lydia's client isn't who he claims to be either. And she's not the only P.I. hired to look for these paintings. Lydia and her partner, Bill Smith, soon learn that someone else—Jack Lee: P.I., art expert, and, like Lydia, Americanborn Chinese—is also on the case. What starts as rumors over new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more desperate—a highstakes crisis the P.I.s will find themselves risking everything to resolve.
S. J. Rozan is the author of the acclaimed novel Absent Friends in addition to eight other novels in the Egdar, Shamus, Nero, Macavity, and Anthony award–winning Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series. This includes Winter and Night, which won the Edgar, Nero, and Macavity Awards for Best Novel, and was nominated for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan is an architect in a New York firm and lives in Greenwich Village.