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The Art of Violence: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel (Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Mysteries) Hardcover – December 1, 2020
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"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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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If you have not read Lydia and Bill before, you probably want to start at the beginning so you don’t miss all the by-play between them that has lead to the current state of their partnership. And that would include all the comments by Mrs. Chin, Lydia’s mother, about Bill — which can be priceless! One other thing to keep in mind as you read the series is that the point-of-view varies between Lydia and Bill in the books, so that one book will be telling you how Bill feels about Lydia, and the next will be how Lydia thinks about Bill. It makes for an interesting, overall picture of their P.I. partnership.
If you have read this series before, you will not be disappointed. I can in all sincerity recommend “The Art of Violence” to anyone who enjoys PI stories and awesome writing!
This is the sixth in the series featuring private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith.
Sam Tabor was just released from prison where he served five years for homicide. He unknowingly drank a PCP-laced punch before he stabbed Amy Evans. Tabor is a talented painter. His parole was orchestrated by people in the art world establishment.
Tabor comes to Bill Smith with an unusual request. Tabor is convinced that he’s killed two women since he's been out of prison. He has mental disorders and is a alcoholic. He doesn't remember the killings, but he wants Smith to investigate because Smith has never lied to him.
He tried to turn himself in, but NYPD detective Angela Grimaldi thinks Tabor didn't kill the two women because he can't give any details of the crimes. His brother, Peter, thinks he is delusional. Smith doesn't think that Tabor is a serial killer. He enlists his partner, Lydia Chin, to help prove it.
This novel has more of a focus on Bill, with Lydia in a smaller role. I prefer those that feature Lydia, but S.J. Rozan writes books with diversified, complex characters and good plots. Lydia’s mother is one of my favorite characters. S.J. Rozan often highlights subjects that many other novels don’t cover, such as fine art.
In accordance with FTC guidelines, the advance reader's edition of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a review.
A client with mental issues hires Bill to prove that he is a serial killer. That’s an attention-grabbing start for a PI story.
The client is an artist recently released from prison where he was serving time for a crime he did, definitely, commit. He is annoying, touching, and possibly dangerous. Or delusional. Set against the background of the NY art world, we meet a number of odd personalities; the setting is sharply evoked, with some amusing satire included; the plot is delightfully complex, and for the
longtime readers of the series, it is fun to see Lydia and Bills relationship developing. The unforgettable Mrs. Chin, Lydia’s mother, ever make a cameo appearance. In a time I have had trouble staying focused on many good books, I whipped through this one in a day.
What more could anyone want? Except, of course, another Bill and Lydia story.