Trail of Blood: (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin) Paperback – 13 May 2010
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"Nobody nails New York like SJ Rozan. Finally, we get to discover American crime writing's best-kept secret. I've loved Lydia Chin and Bill Smith for years and I guarantee you will too." (Val McDermid)
"One of my favourite crime writers...S.J. Rozan can write sentences that make my jaw literally drop. She's as good a prose stylist as I've seen in a long, long time ...to read S.J. Rozan is to experience the kind of pure pleasure that only a master can deliver" (DENNIS LEHANE)
"Rozan paints with the full palette of the human heart, using a depth, detail, and nuance of character I haven't seen since Chandler" (ROBERT CRAIS)
"Two of my favourite characters in crime fiction, Bill Smith and Lydia Chin" (Linda Fairstein)
"Using letters and journal entries from the 1930s and 1940s, Rozan sets the stage for the modern quest for missing valuables stolen during the Holocaust. She also 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)
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In Shanghai, a box of jewelery has been discovered on the site of a former WW2 Internment Camp, the local official who was responsible for it has fled to New York with it and Lydia and Joel are hired to find the missing jewelery. When Joel is murdered in his office, Bill and Lydia are reunited to find his killer. They soon found out that it's not as simple as it seems; a fabled jewel "The Shanghai Moon" is believed to have been amongst the stolen jewelry - and it seems that someone will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.
This, for me, was a hugely enjoyable book. The use of letters, diary entries and old WW2 documents brought to life the characters from this time and I began to really care about what happened to them as much as the present day characters. The interplay between Bill and Lydia is perfect - not romantic (although it is suggested that they were once more than colleagues) and very believable. The humour and warmth in the writing and the plot twists kept me entertained to the very end.
A very enjoyable read and I will certainly be looking for more Lydia Chin and Bill Smith novels.
Rozan handles the transitions effortlessly. I was particularly impressed by the use of letters as a plot device and Rozan is adroit at both the feelings and the atmosphere of the times as experienced by characters of widely diverging backgrounds. I was less impressed by the pace of the story, particularly early on, and a couple of unlikely coincidences which detracted from the book towards the end.
One other point, this is part of a series, and as a result there are several explainers from the earlier book(s?). These were particularly noticeable and intrusive early on, which may be another reason it took me a while to get into it.
Still, for originality, Rozan deserves praise and if you are a fan of the Genre, this is worth your attention.
Estranged for months from fellow P.I. Bill Smith, Chinese-American private investigator Lydia Chin is brought in by colleague and former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help with a case that crosses continents, cultures, and decades. In Shanghai, excavation has unearthed a cache of European jewellery dating back to World War II, when Shanghai was an open city providing safe haven for thousands of Jewish refugees. The jewellery, identifed as having belonged to one such refugee - Rosalie Gilder - 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 told to find any and all leads to the missing jewels. However, Lydia soon learns that there is much more to the story than they've been told: The Shanghai Moon, one of the world's most sought after missing jewels, reputed to be worth millions, is believed to have been part of the same stash. Before Lydia can act on this new information, Joel Pilarsky is murdered, Lydia is fired from the case, and Bill Smith finally reappears on the scene. Now Lydia and Bill must unravel the truth about the Shanghai Moon and the events that surrounded its disappearance sixty years ago during the chaos of war and revolution, if they are to stop more killings and uncover the truth of what is going on today.Read more ›
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It took me a while to stick with this book; several months ago I chose this book.
The third time I tried to read it I managed to get past chapter 3 and carried on to... Read more
I've just finished reading this book and I'll have to go back several pages to work out what actually happened, so convoluted and meandering is the story. Read morePublished on 1 May 2011 by Ian Bain
I gave this book several attempts to impress, but I am afraid to say, that when I got to chapter 5 I gave in and gave up. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2011 by Fiona Massey
With so many pacy thrillers published these days, it takes guts to write one that doesn't focus too much on a quick story. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2010 by Stefan
If this book were a river it would be one that flows slowly, even sluggishly, towards the sea meandering this way and that seeming to go nowhere fast. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2010 by J Grainger
I found Trail of Blood a bit slow going to begin with but it did gradually pick up the pace. The main character, Lydia, didn't seem very believable to me - there was something a... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2010 by V. Warrington
A gripping story from the start, this book managed to successfully blend modern day private investigating, Chinatown gangland, Second World War social insight and a chase for a... Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2010 by Mr. M. P. Duffy