No Colder Place (Lydia Chin, Bill Smith, No 4)
No Colder Place - Lydia Chin, Bill Smith, No 4 Author:S. J. Rozan Bill Smith is going undercover again as a favor to an old friend who wants him to investigate thievery on the 40-story Manhattan site of Crowell Construction's latest project. His bricklaying is a little rusty, but passable as he checks out the foreman who's under suspicion. A crane operator has disappeared--along with some heavy machinery. But ... more »when a well-orchestrated riot causes the foreman's ?accidental? death, Smith plunges into a morass of bribery, blackmail and blood looking for answers. With the help of his Chinese-American partner Lydia Chin, he follows a trail of twisted loyalties, old-fashioned greed and organized crime to its heart-stopping conclusion. Murder--with no end in sight.« less
I really enjoy the Rozan mysteries, co-written by two partners -- and one thing I find particularly enjoyable that the two main characters "take turns" in the books. That is, the first book was told from the POV of character A. The second book from character B. The third book went back to A. And so on.
This is the first book, in this series that I have read, that does not involve Chinatown in NYC, to any extent. Bill Smith is the primary detective on this case, with Lydia Chin taking a smaller part. Their interaction is always of great interest on a case but this time we get more interaction on the part of Bill.
All of the stories, by this author, are a delight and I have just ordered two more from PBS.
Amy R. (AimForHim) reviewed No Colder Place (Lydia Chin, Bill Smith, No 4) on
In this book Bill Smith is hired by Chuck DeMattis, a former police officer who has retired and is now a P.I. He wants him to go undercover at a construction site where strange things are happening and see if he can get a sense of the people there. Smith works with Lydia Chin and I am not sure of the history between them since this is my first book by this author but I do know that this book is part of a series. Chin and Smith share a friendship but there is underlying chemistry between them. There are also allusions to tragedies and broken relationships in Smith's past.
I wouldn't classify it as a page-turner and I didn't find it particularly surprising. However, it maintained my interest steadily and I found it to be well-written. I would definitely like to check out the rest of this series.