Ghost Hero (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #11)
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Ghost Hero (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #11)

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"Rozan again proves that the private detective novel thrives in the 21st century." -- Oline Cogdill, The Sun-Sentinel on On the Line

American-Born Chinese PI Lydia Chinis called in on whatappears to be asimple case. Jeff Dunbar, art world insider, wants her to track down a rumor. Contemporary Chinese painting is sizzling hot on the art scene and no one is hotter than Chau C...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Gloria Feit
Lydia Chin, young New York private investigator, although she is what she refers to as an ABC [American-Born Chinese], cannot imagine why a new client wants to hire for an investigation dealing with contemporary Chinese art [what he refers to as a “cutting edge collecting area” in the West], freely admitting that she has no clue about art. Despite her reluctance, she agrees to accept his retainer to check out rumors of some new pieces of art by one Chau Chun, known as the Ghost Hero. This despit...more
I listened to this for my mystery book group and never would have finished it if reading just for enjoyment. I thought I would like this story about the New York art scene mixed with recent Chinese history. But the story didn't capture my attention and I disliked the narrator.

Perhaps I would have liked this more if I had read it in print. But the narrator made all of the main characters (Lydia, Bill, and Jack) sound like teenage or early 20-something females, which made them difficult to take se...more
This has always been a favorite sleuth series - Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. A big part of my enjoyment has been the descriptions of NYC's Chinatown and its people, as well as Lydia's relationship with her mother (and Bill, too).

While "Ghost Hero" had a good story to tell - the validity of art works by a Tienanmen Square protester - and some good description of the contemporary Chinese art scene in NYC, Bill and Lydia weren't all that "present" - they seemed to be on the sidelines. And as a resul...more
S. J. Rozan is on my "must read ASAP" list, and Ghost Hero shows why.

Lydia Chin and Bill Smith are hired to discover information about possible new paintings from an artist who was thought to have died at Tienanmen Square.

Of course, the expected plot complications follow, with strands all over NYC and even extending into the PRC. As usual Rozan introduces interesting side characters. Linus plays a part, as does Mama. Jack, however, provides some interesting future plot possibilities (despite lik...more
I love Bill & Lydia, it was great to hear their dialog again. I like Jack and hope to see more of him soon (hint hint, don't make us wait so long between books!) ;) That said, the plot of the book wasn't quite as compelling as The Shanghai Moon, but a very satisfying ending fulfilled my expectations.
This is a fine adventure amongst the NY Chinese art community as Lydia, Bill, and a new affiliated PI take on bad guys from all directions by pulling off multiple ingenious scams (all in the interest of "the truth").

Rozan is in fine form w/ Lydia, et al in wisecracking glory in English and Chinese.

After having some reservations w/ the last book (happy to discuss elsewhere) this one really is a gem.
Much better than the previous book in the series. A quick, light read and while I did have a couple of problems with the plotting I really enjoyed having both Bill and Lydia working together and on the same page.
The Ghost Hero was a Chinese painter who was killed in the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square. However, rumors are flying around the art world that new paintings by the artist have been seen. When private investigator Lydia Chin is hired to track down the paintings, she and her partner, Bill Smith, find that other parties are interested in the paintings and are willing to shoot anyone who stands in their way. As the story gets more and more convoluted, Lydia finds that the only way to resolve the...more
I love this series and since I rarely rate anything 5 stars I almost felt guilty offering up still another 5 for this book. But, truth be told I love the characters, find the setting refreshingly different, and the twists and turns of the plot kept me puzzling out the solution to nearly the end. I "read" the audio book version which was extremely well performed! This is the third audiobook version of this series that I've had the pleasure to borrow from my terrific local library. I'm proud of th...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Lydia Chin is an American -Born Chinese P.I.Jeff Dunbar , is an art world insider, he wants her to track down a rumor he has heard about some Contemporary Chinese paintingswhich are sizzling hot on the art scene right now.The artist is supposedly Chau Chun , known as the Ghost Hero. A talented and celebrated ink painter.Chau,s work mixes classical forms and modern political commentary. The rumor that he has done new paintings is shaking up the art world. The only problem is that Ghost Hero Chau...more
A Great New Caper Set in the NYC Art World with Investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith
There are few authors that can keep a series fresh and entertaining in the way that S.J. Rozan has with her Lydia Chin/Bill Smith PI books. In her 11th, GHOST HERO, she brings her two private investigators into the world of art (Chinese and Chinese-American) in the galleries of New York City where they cross paths with another PI. I won't say any more because I know that part of the joy of reading a book...more
Kathleen Hagen
Ghost Hero, by S. J. Rozan, B. Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, Produced by AudioGO, downloaded from

American-Born Chinese P.I. Lydia Chin is called in on what appears to be a simple case. Jeff Dunbar, art world insider, wants her to track down a rumor.
Contemporary Chinese painting is sizzling hot on the art scene and no one is hotter than Chau Chun, known as the Ghost Hero. A talented and celebrated
ink painter, Chau's highly-prized work mixes classical forms and modern political comme...more
Wonderfully twisty mystery set in the world of modern Chinese art.
It all starts with what seems to be a simple job for Lydia and Bill. There are rumors that there are new painting out there by Chau Chen, "Ghost Hero". Jeff Dunbar hires our duo to find out if the paintings exist and, if they do, are they real or fakes. Chau Chen died a hero in Tiananmen Square. But there were rumors around that people had seen him after that-hence the 'ghost hero'.
As the story progresses more players are added: j...more
Kaje Harper
This is one of my all-time favorite mystery series. Having said that, this was not my favorite installment, although it was a very good read. What was frustrating to me about this one was that the romantic/emotional/sexual tension that has always been present between the MCs was almost completely dropped out, leaving a drier-feeling mystery.

In the last book, Bill Smith went through a highly emotional experience (view spoiler). Presumabl...more
Kelly Knapp
Jan 20, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, art lovers
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstread program
This is my first taste of S.J. Rozan's P.I. novels. I was impressed with Ghost Hero. The protagonist, Lydia Chin is an in-depth fully developed Chinese –American private detective character. Rozan’s characters are not die cut stereotypes, except when this works to their advantages. These characters will use whatever means necessary, including a little lying, cheating, and blackmail to solve their cases and do right by their clients.
In this, Rozan's eleventh novel about Chin, she has apparently g...more
At first, I thought the audio narration was bringing down the quality of the book ("ruining" is a bit dramatic), but later I realized that Zeller's reading made a flawed story harder to take. For those unfamiliar with the series, the author took several years off before returning a year ago with On the Line, featuring Bill Smith's frantic search for a kidnapped Lydia. I enjoyed that one just fine - William Dufris did a terrific job with the audio.
Rozan alternates her protagonists' point-of-view...more
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A new Lydia Chin and Bill Smith adventure is always a very good thing. When someone who isn't who he claims to be hires Lydia to track down a rumor about new paintings by a Chinese dissident artist who was killed at Tienanmen Square, things are off and running.

Bill consults Jack Lee, a friend of his, a Chinese American PI who is knowledgeable about the art scene, and it turns out that someone has hired Lee to find out about the same paintings. Lee, Bill and Lydia decide that it makes sense to t...more
Dan Downing
By my count this is S.J. Rozan's 11th Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery. Constructed along traditional lines, the mystery here is more a side line to the straight goings on in the day to day lives of two PIs, equipped with the usual accessories: a convenient new part time 'partner', an off stage but reliable cousin who happens to be a world class computer hacker, and a Jewish mother who happens to be Chinese.
The writing is clear without the edge of noir nor the fustiness of cozies; Lydia, as narrato...more
I started reading Rozan with Shanghai Moon, which I loved. When I looked at her backlist, the way the characters perceive each other is so different from the way they reveal themselves when they're narrating, I quickly became fascinated with Rozan's technique. Since coming back to the series, she seems to be trying different styles - historical mystery (Shanghai Moon), action thriller (the beat-the-clock On The Line) and now . . . not sure what to call this. The Sting meets Chinese art? I applau...more
(Disclaimer: I received this book free from goodreads.)

This is probably the best Good Reads giveaway I have won. The style, writing and mystery are superb. The backdrop, China Town and subject matter, Chinese art and Chinese oppression make for a thought provoking and interesting read.

I really enjoy finding a large series by an author and usually do not like to start in the middle of an established narrative, but this is an excellent book that could stand alone. I never felt lost, nor, if this...more
Lydia Chin and Bill Smith join forces with another PI hired on the same case. This book introduces Jack Lee, who may turn out to be a love interest for Lydia in the future. The case: to uncover the source of the rumor that some new artwork by Chau, or Ghost Hero, has been spotted, although the artist died in the Tiananmen Square uprising more than 20 years earlier. But Lydia's client isn't who he says he is either, and that throws everything into chaos. I found it difficult to get through the fi...more
Jack is an amusing addition to this series. I don't know if we'll see him in the future, but in a series this lengthy, it's good to toss in some fresh blood. (Why must Lydia be vulnerable to Jack's flirtations? I love Bill so much.) Some very amusing banter ensued in the three's conversations. I guessed the big secret very early in the book, but I don't know if that's from any slip-up by the author or just that I've read so many plots. Hmmm.

The best part was not finding out the big secret but s...more
This book is one of many in the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series. I haven’t read any of the books in this series, so this was my first exposure and all I can say is it was ok. I am not going to be running out and picking up any more of these books. Lydia and Bill are hired to investigate some art from Chau Chun, Chinese dissident that has resurfaced twenty years after his death. The only thing is no one knows for sure if Chun is dead or still alive. They enlist the help of their college Jack and...more
Mike  Davis
Ghost Hero has nothing to do with the paranormal or a Kung Fu spirit, rather it's a well written mystery by an accomplished author. Three private investigators look into a rumor of Chinese art works in a plot that thickens as it simmers. The writing includes some bogus 'fake' accents from the main characters and a continual smattering of playful barbs and one liners that hold the reader's attention. This is one of the better mystery novels I've read in a while. A very enjoyable book containing...more
Robert J.
This is the best entry in the series I've read so far, with a tight plot, good action, and great character development. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Pat Sul
a fantastic read.
one of those exciting finds - i had never heard of the author, just picked it up because it was cheap and cheerful in sainsbury's turns out it was a very lucky and very good purchase.

it's a thriller that relies on clever, sharp writing with interesting characters and plot rather than violence and foul language (not that i have anything against violence or foul language but it is always good to read an engrossing book that doesn't rely on them).

the really pleasing thing about...more
When Rozan is on, she is on. This one is great. A leetle improbable by the end, but by then you just don't even care.
Lexie Graham
This terrific series features two PIs in New York City - Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. They're partners of sorts, more so than in the beginning of the series. The books alternate between the two characters being the lead detective. Ghost Hero is Lydia's case as the client contacted her to track down rumors of new Chinese paintings by an artist who supposedly died in Tiananmen Square in 1989. With the aid of another PI, Jack Lee, Lydia and Bill plunge into the New York art gallery world and also man...more
sometimes you can tell when a writer is getting tired of a series. that was this one. it was too easy to pick out who did what.
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SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of nine novels. She has won the the Edgar, Nero, Macavity, Shamus and Anthony awards for Best Novel and the Edgar award for Best Short Story. She is a former Mystery Writers of America National Board member, a current Sisters in Crime National Board member, and President of the Private Eye Writers of America. In January 2003 she was an invited speaker a...more
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