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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. J. Rozan Narrator: Samantha Quan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lydia Chin / Bill Smith Series Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781482981711
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Chinese-American PI Lydia Chin is brought in by 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. The jewelry 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. Lydia soon learns that there is much more to the story than they’ve been told.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Rozan] gives us a brilliant look into the culture of Chinese American families today and an exciting mystery. Readers who have waited patiently for this one will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[A]  rich blend of historical mystery and contemporary suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rozan plots as expansively and ambitiously as ever.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2010 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2010 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2010 Dilys Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 2/18/2014

    " liked it; page turner and everything came together at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2014

    " I think I found a new author - great book - loved how they twisted the past and the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/17/2014

    " It's a PI novel, it's an historical novel. It's New York now and Shanghai then. It's Bill and Lydia, and that's all you need to know. Read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiger | 1/17/2014

    " My first S.J. Rozan mystery. Sorry I read it out of sequence, but enjoyed it immensely. Great use of letters and diary entries to weave in back story on a subject I knew nothing about: Jewish war refugees in Shanghai. Rozan weaves a good plot,with lots of twists and turns, carried along by well developed characters. I'm looking forward to starting at the beginning of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 1/15/2014

    " OK... I'd only recommend it to people who like the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Johnson | 12/26/2013

    " Best mystery I've read in awhile. This is different from her other books and much more riveting. There's some history involved in this mystery and it will take Lydia Chin all over Chinatown to solve this one. Really excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ Cross | 12/10/2013

    " A very enjoyable book! I had a hard time putting it down when I had to go do other stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan DeRemer | 11/22/2013

    " I was hard to keep track of all the family ties sometimes, but great twists and turns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 11/20/2013

    " Disappointing. Sophomoric dialog between Lydia and Bill, and Lydia and her buddy, Mary. Plot had potential, but got overshadowed by silly dialog and silly portrayal of ethnic American Chinese. Eventually became tedious and dull. I am in no hurry to pick up another Lydia Chin / Bill Smith Mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merle | 7/30/2013

    " This one really does do it all--well-plotted mystery, historical novel, engaging characters. . . It's great to receive recommendations from an author whose work I enjoy--in this case Laurie R. King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 1/10/2013

    " Very interesting. Loved the history. Well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 patience | 10/21/2012

    " So far pedestrian but lots of interesting detail about refugee Jews during WW II in Shanghai. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina Paustian | 2/3/2012

    " Intriguing plot. I learned about Jewish people fleeing to Shanghai which I had never heard before. Nice to have some history along with a mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/21/2011

    " Rozan takes a fresh look at WWII by focusing on Jewish refugees who went to Shanghai. All of the books in this series are well written (and much celebrated), but this novel was particularly well plotted, with twists and turns at every step. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine | 1/5/2011

    " I loved this because it has both a contemporary storyline and historical action. Rozan weaves the plot back and forth between the two time periods with assurance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/27/2010

    " Another mystery series that's pulled me in. Now I've got to go back and start reading from the beginning of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/26/2010

    " I was enthralled by this book up to almost the end, where it got too complicated and as if the author was trying to include every possible ramification of WW II in Shanghai. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Supriya | 8/5/2010

    " Absorbing, meaty plotting and a wonderful central character. New York/Chinatown is not quite to Rozan what Chicago is to Paretsky, but this book is literally more about cities we leave behind than the ones we inhabit, and the elision is harder to make. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/25/2010

    " Not as original as the first Lydia Chin novel, and a few too many threads for my liking. But I enjoyed reading the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 5/11/2010

    " good book. incredible detail. i had no idea that china was one of the places that refugees went during the war. good blend of history and the present "

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About the Author

S. J. Rozan is the author of the acclaimed novel Absent Friends in addition the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, including 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, she is an architect in a New York firm and lives in Greenwich Village.

About the Narrator

Samantha Quan is a graduate of the Graduate Acting Program at New York University. She has performed on stage in New York and regionally, including at the Ensemble Studio Theater and the Globe Theaters. Samantha presently resides in Los Angeles, where she works in film and television.