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With The Shanghai Moon, S. J. Rozan returns to her award-winning, critically acclaimed, and much-loved characters Lydia Chin and Bill Smith in the first new novel in the series in seven years.
 
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 jewelry dating back to World War II, when Shanghai was an open city providing safe haven for thousands of Jewish refugees. The jewelry, 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 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.

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"The hunt for a valuable brooch propels Edgar-winner Rozan's ninth Lydia Chin and Bill Smith nail-biter (after 2002's Winter and Night). In 1938, Rosalie Gilder, an 18-year-old Jewish refugee, left Nazi-annexed Austria for Japanese-occupied Shanghai, where she married the aristocratic Chen Kai-Rong. Chen had a jeweler create the Shanghai Moon, a brooch combining Rosalie's mother's diamonds with his ancestors' rare jade. Its disappearance during WWII interests treasure hunters in the present day. When Wong Pan, a corrupt Chinese official, steals Rosalie's jewelry box, recently unearthed in Shanghai, a Swiss asset-recovery specialist hires Joel Pilarsky, Lydia's friend and associate, to recover it in New York City, where Wong has fled in hopes of selling Rosalie's jewels on the black market. After Joel's murdered, Lydia and Bill follow a trail to Manhattan's Chinatown, where they encounter Rosalie's son and other relatives eager to recover the brooch. More surprises abound before Lydia and Bill can put the curse of the luminous Shanghai Moon to rest in Rozan's rich blend of historical mystery and contemporary suspense. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Synopsis:

Rozan returns to her award-winning, critically acclaimed series featuring Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. Estranged for months from fellow P.I. Smith, Chinese-American private investigator Chin is brought in by former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help with a case that crosses continents, cultures, and decades.

About the Author

S.J. ROZAN was born and raised in the Bronx and is a long-time Manhattan resident. An architect for many years, she is now a full-time writer. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning novels and stories have won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and the Nero Award.

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FUBSY , June 15, 2009 (view all comments by FUBSY )
THE SHANGHAI MOON is the latest book from mystery writer S.J. Rozan. What I love most about the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith books is the entry it gives me into Chinese-American culture. In this book, we have an added bonus into American-Jewish culture. I’m Jewish, and a Chinese friend once said that she thought that Jewish and Chinese families are very similar. Rozan even writes that some think the Chinese are the lost tribe of Israel. The mixture of the two groups together in one novel is delicious. Both Jews and Chinese are very interested in food, and the healing properties therein. “The Shanghai Moon” itself is a priceless gem of legend, sought after by many since its disappearance. The gem was created as a wedding brooch by combining a beautiful carved jade circle from a prominent Chinese family in Shanghai, with a diamond necklace from a Jewish family escaping from Hitler. I was enchanted by the story of these two unlikely lovers, as is Lydia Chin. There is murder, double-crosses, triple-crosses, enough to make your head spin, with the feisty Lydia Chin smack dab in the middle of everything.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312245566
Subtitle:
A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel
Author:
Rozan, S J
Author:
Rozan, S. J.
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators - New York (State) -
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Asian American
Subject:
Mystery & Detective/Private Investigators
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel
Series Volume:
No. 9 of 11
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.32 x 5.51 x 1.01 in

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Product details 384 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312245566 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The hunt for a valuable brooch propels Edgar-winner Rozan's ninth Lydia Chin and Bill Smith nail-biter (after 2002's Winter and Night). In 1938, Rosalie Gilder, an 18-year-old Jewish refugee, left Nazi-annexed Austria for Japanese-occupied Shanghai, where she married the aristocratic Chen Kai-Rong. Chen had a jeweler create the Shanghai Moon, a brooch combining Rosalie's mother's diamonds with his ancestors' rare jade. Its disappearance during WWII interests treasure hunters in the present day. When Wong Pan, a corrupt Chinese official, steals Rosalie's jewelry box, recently unearthed in Shanghai, a Swiss asset-recovery specialist hires Joel Pilarsky, Lydia's friend and associate, to recover it in New York City, where Wong has fled in hopes of selling Rosalie's jewels on the black market. After Joel's murdered, Lydia and Bill follow a trail to Manhattan's Chinatown, where they encounter Rosalie's son and other relatives eager to recover the brooch. More surprises abound before Lydia and Bill can put the curse of the luminous Shanghai Moon to rest in Rozan's rich blend of historical mystery and contemporary suspense. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Rozan returns to her award-winning, critically acclaimed series featuring Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. Estranged for months from fellow P.I. Smith, Chinese-American private investigator Chin is brought in by former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help with a case that crosses continents, cultures, and decades.
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