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Mandarin Plaid (Lydia Chin, Bill Smith, No 3)
Mandarin Plaid - Lydia Chin, Bill Smith, No 3 Author:S. J. Rozan It's a long way from the cramped, dreary sweatshops where Lydia Chin's mother once sewed for the heady world of fashion. But in New York City, worlds collide. And a petite, Chinese-American P.I. can still rub shoulders with the rich, the poor, the beautiful, and the depraved. — Elegant, porcelain-skinned Genna Jing is sure her latest designs are ... more »worth a fortune. That's why she is willing to pay the fifty grand being demanded by the person who stole her design book. But when Lydia--backed by her partner Bill Smith--makes the drop, everything goes wrong. Soon a simple case of high-fashion extortion leads Lydia and Bill from Chinatown to Park Avenue, and from murder to more money: a million dollars in exchange for a missing man's life...« less
Here again, I learned of this series by S.J. Rozan from PBS. The book has a great story and insight into the various Chinese communities in New York City and how they interact with the various groups within it and the Community at large. The author goes into depth of subject when she writes about the history of the Chinese population in NYC. As one group learned the ways of America, they maintained many traditions and were replaced by newcomers with different languages. The thread of the story wends it's way through all of this background material and gives the book great depth of interest to the reader.