Bill and Lydia Chin are wonderfully developed characters. The stories, in fact, are more about the characters than the crimes the work with. Highly recommend.
Bill Smith, weary New York Private Eye retreats to his cozy cabin in upstate New York to let nature heal him, but he's drawn into a major robbery involving a well-known painter, and a murder involving a close friend and he gives in and takes the case, calling in his partner Lydia Chin to help him. The plot is great, the characters better...a great read.
As bad as I hate to admit it, Stone Quarry was my very first venture into the mystery-thriller genre. How lucky to choose such a wonderful novel for my belated introduction. The time: when cell phones were new. The place: New York and the smaller communities north of there. The two main characters, Bill Smith and Lydia Chin, keep the action rolling as the tension builds with each turn of a page. One thing I truly appreciated was how the author, S.J. Rozan, answered each question and tied up loose ends. With the exception of the language, sometimes raw and unedited, the book was a very good read.
husband of heavy reader
I found this series through PBS and have been reading the various books, as they become available. I find it a fascinating insight into Chinese culture, blended with her work with her native born partner. There is depth to the story-line and no need to read each book in numerical order, as written. Each holds enough to follow the theme of the story as it unfolds in the story at hand. I can't praise this book and it's author enough....