China Trade

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What to expect

Asian-American private investigator Lydia Chin knows New York City’s Chinatown, its people, and its ways as no outsider ever could. It’s a city within a city, a rich melange of smells, sounds, dark shops, and close-knit families—a world all its own. And in all of Chinatown, there is no one like Lydia, who has a nose for trouble, a disapproving Chinese mother, and a partner named Bill Smith who’s been living above a bar for sixteen years. Hired to find some precious stolen porcelain, Lydia follows a trail of clues from highbrow art dealers into a world of Chinese gangs. Suddenly, this case has become as complex as her community itself—and as deadly as a killer on the loose.

Critics Review

  • “Rozan shows a knack for characterizing Chinatown’s denizens, apothecaries, shops, and food.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “Rozan’s Chinatown setting has the ring of authenticity, and Lydia is a true original. A very promising start to what shapes up as a top-flight series.”

    Booklist
  • “Lydia’s implacable Chinese mother is alone worth the price of admission.”

    AudioFile
  • “Rozan’s fast-moving first novel presents her Asian-American cast and their world with a delicacy that goes far beyond local color.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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