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The Art of Violence: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel (Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Mysteries) Hardcover – December 1, 2020

4.4 out of 5 stars 70 ratings

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"As always, Rozan’s intelligent, witty prose is a treat . . . Newcomers as well as devotees will be enthralled." ― Publishers Weekly (starred)

"In addition to her formidable writing skills, Rozan’s own endeavors as an architect of 20 years undoubtedly contribute to the novel's excellent structure." ― Booklist (starred)

"A rewardingly savvy tour of Manhattan’s demented art scene with maybe one climax too many." ― Kirkus Reviews

"The Art of Violence is the latest in S.J. Rozan’s excellent series featuring PI Bill Smith and his partner, Lydia Chin." ― BookPage

“Outstanding. Lydia and Bill were last seen in 2011's Ghost Hero, but Rozan's intricate plotting and affinity for characterization is seamless, making the reader remember how much we missed spending time with these private detectives. Rozan uses the historical footnote of Chinese grocers as a springboard for a rich, deeply satisfying mystery.” -- Oline Cogdill ― Associated Press [praise for PAPER SON]

“Rozan elegantly weaves the web of old secrets, the complexities of race, family loyalties and family history, ancient tangled roots that can turn out to have deadly consequences generations later, into a dazzling narrative. Paper Son is as compelling as it is entertaining. This is the triumphant return of a consummate pro.” ― Open Letters Review [praise for PAPER SON]

“Stellar. As usual, Rozan is adept at devising a plausible but intricate mystery for her leads. She also presents a nuanced look at the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the U.S. Her superior prose and characterizations will make even newcomers hope for a shorter wait for the next book in the series.” ― Publishers Weekly (starred) [praise for PAPER SON]

“Blood and the blues are cooking down on the Delta in the triumphant return of Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. Rozan’s Paper Son is crawfish pie full of surprises served up by this master of the PI genre.” -- Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break [praise for PAPER SON]

“Once again, S. J. Rozan proves why she is the consummate pro. Not only is Paper Son one hell of a detective book, the story also takes on a hidden gem of Southern culture—Chinese history in the Mississippi Delta. Rozan continues to entertain with this wonderful series by taking us deep into the most unexpected and fascinating worlds. I have no doubt she’s walked these Mississippi backroads.” -- Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Sinners and Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic [praise for PAPER SON]

About the Author

S. J. Rozan is the author of Paper Son and many other crime novels. She has won multiple awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, the Japanese Maltese Falcon, and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. S. J. was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in lower Manhattan.

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  • Publisher : Pegasus Crime (December 1, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1643135317
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1643135311
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 70 ratings

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