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Stone Quarry (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #6)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  410 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Bill Smith's country cabin in upstate New York is far from the city's savage streets--a retreat where a weary P.I. can play Mozart on his upright piano and let nature heal him. But when Eve Colgate, a local farmer and painter, asks him to find stolen items--six paintings which could reveal Eve's highly guarded thirty-year-old secret--he caves. When Smith's partner, Lydia C ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2001 by Minotaur Books (first published 1999)
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Mar 04, 2015 Hobart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I feel a little awkward about this one, because I haven't found (read: made) the time to review the previous book in the series, but I just finished this one and didn't want to put it off, in case I forgot the experience. So far, the Bill Smith novels in this series haven't thrilled me -- they're interesting, they deliver what they promise, it's fun to see these two from a different perspective, etc. But I just don't like them as much as the Lydia Chin novels.

Until now. (you saw that coming, did
Katherine Clark
Feb 18, 2016 Katherine Clark rated it really liked it
Wow, what an amazing book. I found myself marveling over many of the lines in the book. I might have siad this before about a previous Bill-centered book, but much of the prose is elegiac. It was beautiful, and I pondered that last night. Besides the fact that I love this character, this protagonist so much, I think what I found so moving was that unlike all the other books, this book takes place in a rural area, a place where Bill keeps his somewhat austere cabin. As one of my fantasies is to h ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Hallie rated it really liked it
By far the bleakest of the books - up to where I've read, at any rate! Most of it is seeing more of Bill's misery (his tragedy is THE tragedy above all others for me, just about) and his serious drinking problem as a result. He and Lydia have a bit of a coolness, which was sad too, but I still love seeing them (all right, it's mostly her) articulating how their partnership/friendship needs to evolve, and they work it out. Of course the mystery was sad and awful too, but nowhere near beyond toler ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
I don't believe that Bill Smith will make it to a 60th birthday.

This is a great mystery series, and Rozan is a champion tricky plot maven, but I have two huge frustrations with her books. One - Bill is SO self-destructive; he smokes and drinks too much, he has had alcoholic blackouts, he has had at least three concussions, he forgets to eat, he goes days without sleep, he suffers from deep depressions, and he throws himself in front of guns. He's the kind of guy that you know is doomed if he wer
E.L. Lindley
Jul 22, 2014 E.L. Lindley rated it it was amazing
I love S.J. Rozan's Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series and I particularly like the way Rozan alternates perspective with each story. Stone Quarry is the turn of Bill, who is something of an enigma. There are hints of a troubled past and his relationship with Lydia is complex and each of his stories see, both us and his partner, removing another layer of mystery in order to get to the essence of who he is.

Bill is a fabulously engaging character. He's a tough lone wolf and, with his chain smoking and h
May 31, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Bill Smith is off to his cabin in upstate New York, where he is approached by Eve, a reclusive farm woman, who is actually a famous painter, to recover some of her early paintings that were stolen from her studio. Bill spends a lot of time at Antonelli’s, a local roadhouse where he gets in a fight with a local gangster. When one of the gangster’s henchmen is found dead in the cellar, the owner’s brother, Jimmy, is the obvious suspect. Bill gets involved because he has gotten Jimmy out of trouble ...more
Dennis Fischman
Nov 04, 2015 Dennis Fischman rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Well, S.J. Rozan certainly knows how to build suspense. I tore through this one in a couple of evenings. But I'm sorry to say she's not equally good at endings. There has to be a better way of revealing the truth than having Bill Smith, the narrative voice, gradually tell different parts of it to different people. The bad guys were also sterotypical, and as others have noted here, Bill Smith is just so damaged it's hard to feel for him (or know why Lydia Chin does). I sympathize with Lydia's mot ...more
Jan 24, 2015 jimtown rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
I need to update my booklist soon as I couldn't find any of those on my list at the library today. I looked around and saw lots of maybes. I don't know what it was that made me choose this book over any of the others because I've never read any of this series called A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel.
Maybe it was something in the description that got my attention.
This wasn't a something I would ordinarily have on my reading list but it was a pleasant surprise. Rozan's writing style eased me into want
May 01, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
Setting – upstate New York – cabin – bar – small towns – quarry

Theme – cover-ups, choices, extreme feelings,

Images – Colgate’s paintings – violent, passionate feelings in abstract, colorful painting. The process of mastering a musical piece as his process for feeling order in the world.

Characters –
Eve Colgate – farmer, independent, contained aka Eve Nouvel – artist.
In her youth, when making a name for herself, her husband told her he was having an affair with another woman and she was pregnant.
Glenn Harris
Jul 23, 2014 Glenn Harris rated it it was amazing
Bill Smith is hired by a reclusive artist to find some stolen paintings that she never wanted anyone to see, nor does she want her identity revealed to anyone. Then Smith finds a dead body and a friend of his is accused of the murder that might somehow be related to the stolen paintings and of course he has to call in his frequent partner Lydia Chin to help out.
Robert J.
Jan 14, 2014 Robert J. rated it it was amazing
Another great entry in the Bill Smith side of the series. The last half of the book I found pretty gripping, very well paced and suspenseful. I must say I agree with other reviewers about Bill Smith's self-destructive instincts, but at least he doesn't brood about them on-screen, so to speak. We're left with a gap in the story while he's unconscious (not really a spoiler if you know Bill Smith at all), but somehow it gets filled in as necessary. I haven't decided whether it's refreshing or not t ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

the latest in the lydia chin and bill smith series is out in paperback; one of those books i just couldn't wait to get my grubby little mitts on.

rozan's come up trumps again with another great book, the third narrated by bill. i'm glad i wasn't disappointed. not only does she write very finely, drawing you into both the scenery and the characters, but her plots stand up to analysis and all coincidence is accounted for. this book leaves the new york city setting of the previous five books and mo

Oct 16, 2008 Patti rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of S.J. Rozan, and of PI novels
This book is a reread for me, as I started re-reading through S.J. Rozan's books last year. Wow, I remembered close to nothing about this book, and it was excellent. I love Bill Smith, and I like how he works. He did get beat up, or at least hit, a few too many times for me, but didn't recover like some superman PIs do. He was able to work through the pain, looking at the problem from all angles, and also bringing in his partner Lydia Chin, for another viewpoint. I also liked the title, referrin ...more
Kathleen O'Nan
Mar 17, 2015 Kathleen O'Nan rated it liked it
I like this, number 6 in the series but number 3 in the Bill Smith voice, best of the Bill Smith voice books. He is better developed and we learn more about what makes him tick. We also see Lydia Chin beginning to show her true feelings toward him. The story itself is good, as always.
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I guess this was the first book that I read in this Bill Smith and Lydia Chin series. I noted at the time that this had good, interesting characters, and I'd like to read others in the series. I have since done so, but not recently, and should look for more.
Apr 29, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Another solid, solid entry. The dialogue leans a bit too hard-boiled cliche at times, especially with Bill. I can tolerate it, though, because the characters are great, the plot is solid, the pacing quick and even. I'm really enjoying this series.
Feb 05, 2015 Samira rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, novels
I like the books written in Lydia's voice better than those written in Bill's. Bill comes off as a bit more hard boiled than I like. I think the voice is well executed, it's just not my preference.
Mar 25, 2014 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Thompson
Aug 21, 2014 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it
This one is set in Upstate New York where Bill retreats from time to his cabin in the woods. This time he goes because a woman who lives in the area wants to hire him to recover some sensitive personal items that have been stolen. Bill has history in the area and old entanglements soon impinge on the case. Lydia is off stage for most of the book.

Another Rozan winner.

(The wall of the car wash on Third Avenue is a beautiful abstract expressionist painting. When you go around the wall, though, you
Brian Howard
Oct 11, 2014 Brian Howard rated it really liked it
This was a good Bill Smith in he lead novel, although I prefer Lydia in the lead.
Jun 29, 2012 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
Another excellent entry in this series that changes point of view from one book to the next. This book was from the point of view of PI Bill Smith as he worked two entwined cases in very rural upstate New York where he has a weekend cabin--this is quite a departure from the norm as the other books take place in NYC. His sometime-partner PI Lydia Chin is featured only peripherally, which is what happens to Bill when Lydia is the one telling the story. Very atmospheric, excellent characters, inter ...more
May 06, 2014 Rhesa rated it really liked it
Love this series!
Feb 10, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
Got a bit confusing towards the end.
Deb Oestreicher
Jun 10, 2012 Deb Oestreicher rated it really liked it
Previous Bill Smith-narrated books have mentioned his place upstate, and this story takes place there. A reclusive neighbor asks Bill to investigate a theft. At the same time, an old friend of his, and/or his young brother, seem to be in trouble. Coincidence?

As if.

This story features good cops, bad cops, art and antiques, and Lydia Chin's extraordinary circle of contacts. Very satisfying.
Sally Witt
Mar 01, 2011 Sally Witt rated it liked it
It took me about 60% of the book until I was involved with the characters and the story. I have not read the other books with the same characters, so that is probably why. By the end, I was very engaged and interested.
Sep 29, 2009 Ann rated it liked it
I hadn't read a Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery in a good long while. Now I don't know why. This is the 6th in the series. I'll be going back to fill in the ones I've missed. Very suspenseful, tough, and well-written.
Mar 16, 2008 Michãel rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Okay, this is the second book of hers that has kept me up till 1am. I like her dialogue and the characters a lot. The plot points I can often figure out before she reveals them, however.
Jul 31, 2009 Merle rated it really liked it
This one is an uncomfortable departure into upstate New York with Bill's perspective and minimal use of Lydia. - but Rozan still makes it work. Can hardly believe it.
Trisha Gagnon
Mar 24, 2011 Trisha Gagnon rated it liked it
This is the first book of hers I have read and I enjoyed it. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but then it got exciting. I want to read more in this series.
Mar 20, 2008 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, thriller
audiobook-very noir, w/ hard-boiled, hard drinking, fighting and smoking detective w/ a soft spot for depressed rural NY and music.
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SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of the Bill Smith and Lydia Chin detective series as well as several stand-alone 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 Pri ...more
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