Stone Quarry Author:S. J. Rozan For the past twelve years that private investigator Bill Smith has owned his cabin in the woods in a small upstate New York town. He has used it as an escaping, a place of refuge, never letting city life or his work intrude. All that changes, however, when Eva Colgate, a local farmer, summons Bill to meet with her. She wants him to quietly reco... more »ver some recently stolen possessions - items which, if known to be hers, would expose her past and a secret she has kept for thirty years. As Bill, with the help of his sometime-partner Lydia Chin, begins the search for the stolen goods, the usual quiet of this rural county abruptly shatters. A local hoodlum is found murdered in the basement of a local bar, the young daughter of a prominent businessman runs away from home, and Jimmy Antonelli, a teenager with a troubled past who is tied to these events, is missing. Now Bill and Lydia have to find the missing boy - and uncover the connection among these events - in time to save him. A gripping story of power, corruption, and long-held secrets, Stone Quarry is the most compelling novel yet from one of the finest mystery novelists of our time.« less
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.