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CONCOURSE (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin) [Kindle Edition]

SJ Rozan
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Book Description

The second Bill Smith/Lydia Chin novel. Narrated by Bill Smith, set in the Bronx.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Rozan nails down the promise of China Trade, her debut and the introduction of memorable New York City PIs Bill Smith and Lydia Chin. Here, Smith goes undercover for his mentor Bobby Moran, who now runs a security firm. One of Moran's young employees has been brutally murdered-kicked to death by an expert in martial arts-while on the job at the Bronx Home for the Aged in an elegant old building on the no longer elegant Grand Concourse. Although the murder carries trademarks of the work of the Cobras, a powerful gang, Smith, posing as a Moran employee, investigates the premises and staff of the Home. Quickly, another member of the security staff is similarly killed; later, a member of the Home's staff is fatally shot in someone else's tossed apartment. Smith runs afoul of the Cobras while defending another Home employee, but his probings suggest that even more powerful villains are at work in philanthropic and political circles of the Bronx. Rozan's dense, credible plot cuts through all circles of its urban hell and is resolved with drama and realistic ambiguity. Her major characters-the classical piano-playing Smith who's in love with the independent, Asian-American Chin-and the minor cast, from dimensionally portrayed gang members to delicately drawn Home residents, leave a lasting impression. Rozan brings a distinctive, commanding voice to the genre.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Rozan brings a distinctive, commanding voice to the genre."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Richly and rewardingly plotted."
--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: SJ Rozan (April 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGG9WW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than China Trade, and C.T. was great! February 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has interesting characters and plot, and is extremely well-written. I read it first, then found China Trade, the first novel in the series, in the library. As a (real) man, I can say that Rozan's Bill Smith is realistic; I would not have guessed that the author was female if I hadn't already known it. Smith reminds me of J.P. Beaumont, Jance's Seattle detective, and I can't think of a better compliment. It was a pleasant surprise to find that China Trade was written from the viewpoint of Lydia Chin. I hope that the viewpoint continues to alternate between the main characters in the later novels. If the quality continues, Rozan will join J.A. Jance, Minette Walters, Dick Francis, Robert Crais, and Ed McBain on my A-list of mystery writers whose new books I will buy in hardcover. On to Mandarin Plaid!
P.S. Jonathan Kellerman is borderline for my A-list. Sue Grafton, Robert Parker, and James Lee Burke are former A-listers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character-driven mystery February 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
CONCOURSE, by S.J. Rozan is the second novel of the Lydia Chin - Bill Smith series started in CHINA TRADE. CONCOURSE is an even stronger entry.
Bill Smith, despite his ordinary name, is anything but ordinary, even though he would be the last person to admit it. Rozan gives us a few clues to his less than ideal past, and that alone makes the reader want to learn more. As far as his relationship with Lydia -- their tenuous romance is gentle, wistful and at the same time, built on a deeply felt trust.
The plot of CONCOURSE takes Bill and Lydia into the world of non-profit organizations that are anything but, and leads Bill into the savage world of Bronx street gangs that live by their own rules and are governed by codes of honor written in blood. In the end, the ultimate brutality is the evil wrought by money and power -- a struggle that nearly costs Bill his life.
CONCOURSE is not for the faint of heart; the language is strong, the violence harsh and realistic, but the characters and plot are involving and exciting. A highly recommended series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome August 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has everything a good mystery needs - a great plot, engaging characters, snappy dialogue, suspense and humor. China Trade was good but this book is better for three reasons: 1) Bill Smith's character is much better developed, 2) it has a tougher, more realistic edge to it and 3) the interaction between Bill and Lydia is more interesting. In sum, highly entertaining. I plan to read all her books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good all-around read for a wintry afternoon. December 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent writing with a nice hook to NY politics, street gangs and homes for the elderly. I like the novels better where Lydia Chin is the main character, such as in China Trade, but the interplay between her and the main character in this book (Bill Smith) is entertaining. Coming from such different cultures, the two PI's have lots of snappy and interesting dialog, along with the love-interest tension.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concourse September 4, 2013
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Excellent story. Love the characters. Each book in the series provides more insight into the lives of Lydia Chen and Bill Smith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Sensational! August 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm so glad I found this author. Wonderful writing--clear, fresh images and strong, dark scenes. The characters were terrific. Even the minor characters were believable, whole people, complex and disturbing. If you want to discover a great detective novelist, read S. J. Rozan now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You MUST read this great series June 13, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are an avid mystery/thriller reader like myself, you probably have one or two series' that stand out above the rest. A series in which every book adds to a whole. I would say that Rozan's Bill Smith/Lydia Chin is one of those and if you have not read any of them before, you are in for several great reads in the near future.

One aspect of this series that I really like a lot is that it switches from one book to the next in its characater point of view. By that I mean, one book will have Lydia as the main character and another will have Bill Smith. Both are very fleshed out and engaging characters. What is really charming is that when you are reading a Smith book you will feel like you are in a 50's MGM noir classic film. It's usually hard boiled and dark. On the other hand, when you are reading a Chin book, I feel like this is more like reading a classic Agatha Christie with a modern twist. You can definitly feel the male/female differences between the two and it really adds to the over all ambiance of the series.

OK, with all of that glowing aside, every single one of Rozan's books that I have thus far read falls a little below the "5 star" whole that I would give this series as a whole. Each one has some quirky aside that takes away a little from perfection. Concourse is one of her better books in the series, but it lacks a sweeping drive that will keep you turning the pages. The end is really worth getting to here because it will unfold in an amazingly broad scope. Some of the periphreal characters are not very well fleshed out, and the banter between Chin and Smith is as thin as it gets between the two in comparison to other books.

What I would like to say is that I started out with 'Reflecting Sky' and thought that it was pretty good but no great shakes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic and well-written P.I. novel August 3, 2001
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I thought this was a well plotted and hard hitting PI novel. It is a fast paced, well-written page-turner with a dramatic and satisfying conclusion. Smith and Chin are interesting and likeable characters, but possibly a bit underdeveloped. (But I'll attribute this minor complaint to the fact that I did not read the first Rozan book.) The Smith/Chin relationship seems a little familiar, and the relationship with the burned out detective also seems overdone, but overall, Rozan creates a believable and original story that blends big-city corruption and inner city violence.
The minor complaints mentioned above notwithstanding, I give this a strong recommendation and I am looking forward to the next installment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars in Love with Bill and Lydia
I really enjoyed this mystery from Bill's perspective: to stand in his shoes, feel his yearning for Lydia, see what a kind person he is...wow! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Druitt
4.0 out of 5 stars grate story
Well worth reading. I found a new frend.
I think I will try number three. A different type of story.
Published 3 months ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I started this on a plane. When we got to our destination I didn't want to sight see, I just wanted to finish my book. It was exciting.
Published 7 months ago by Arlene Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
This was another fascinating novel in the Chinn and Smith P. I. series. The suspense was great so it kept the reader eagerly turning the pages.
Published 11 months ago by WyTraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read with Twists and Turns
Fast-paced but the characters look inward as well. Great descriptions of the setting that makes the Bronx come alive for the reader.
Published 11 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second novel in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series - great insight...
Having just finished China Trade, I quickly wanted to gobble up the next Rozan novel in the series. I half expected this one to also be narrated by Lydia, and was quite surprised... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Vu
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Taut Mystery
I've enjoyed the Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series for many years. The plot of Concourse was compelling, the pacing brisk and Bill and Lydia engaging as always.
Published 12 months ago by mlr
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect "private investigator" mystery
Right from the start this story pulls you into the shadows and lights
Of the investigator's world of murder, big city politics, the lives of
People you may not have ever... Read more
Published 15 months ago by AuntyPattyin Mpls
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHARACTER CHEMISTRY
I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU SEE EVERYTHING FROM 1 CHARACTER'S VIEWPOINT. I ENJOY THE LYDIA CHIN/BILL SMITH CHEMISTRY. EXCELLENT WRITING.
Published 15 months ago by Tamara Himmelberger
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series
being published today. S. J. Rozan is definitely one of the best mystery writers of our time. I can't recommend this series enough.
Published 15 months ago by Jack
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More About the Author

SJ Rozan was born and raised in the Bronx and is proud of it. She spent over twenty years as an architect in New York City and is kind of proud of that, too. Now she writes and teaches. She's done 10 books in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series (the newest, ON THE LINE, comes out Sept. 28, 2010) and two standalones. She's also published three dozen short stories. A collection of her stories, A TALE ABOUT A TIGER, is available, and a second volume is coming.

SJ's work has won the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Nero and Macavity Awards, and she's a recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon. She's served on the National Boards of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She's a past President of the Private Eye Writers of America. She's been Guest of Honor at Left Coast Crime (El Paso, 2003), Toastmaster at Bouchercon (Indianapolis, 2009), an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2003) and as if that weren't enough, she has the key to the city of Fort Worth, Texas.

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