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Winter and Night (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #8)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  595 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Detektif swasta Bill Smith menerima telepon di tengah malam dari Kepolisian New York yang sedang menahan keponakannya, Gary, lima belas tahun. Tapi, sebelum dia mengetahui apa yang terjadi, Gary kabur dari pengawasannya dan menghilang ke jalan-jalan kota New York yang gelap dan asing.
Bill dan mitranya, Lydia Chin, berusaha menemukan anak yang hilang itu dan mengetahui ala...more
Paperback, 617 pages
Published September 2006 by Penerbit Serambi (first published February 28th 2002)
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Una Tiers
It was hard to chose between a three and a four. This book was dark, and from Bill's point of view instead of Lydia. The plot was fine but the theme was too dark for me.
Mary Sue
This was my first S.J. Rozan and I am hooked. Her main characters Bill Smith and Lydia Chin work well as partners lending each other strength, wisdom, experience and the ability to analyze and solve complicated mysteries. The main villian of the book is football. Or at least the overwhelming influence of football victories on the lives of the average citizen besides, players, coaches and parents. Evil, evil football.
I raced through this book, loving the tight writing and subtle messaging/plotting and great character development, assuming this would be a "5" experience without a doubt. And then... and then... the whole damn train nearly fell off the track near the end and wound up clacking ineffectively into whatever station it thought it was headed to. What a huge disappointment this book turned out to be -- so much so that it made me angry as I finished. I'd give it a "2" if I hadn't enjoyed the journey so...more
aPriL loves HalLowEen
The novel conducts a perfect blitz down the center to a touchdown, helped by a strong zigzagging strategy. It's not a blowout, regretfully. Injuries are many and the field is littered with defeated players from both teams.

Private detective Bill Smith dominates the defense in this outing, shutting down a small town's police playbook in their old-school drive of interference. The people of Warrenstown, New Jersey fumble which results in bad calls at the lines of scrimmage. Partner Lydia Chin helps...more
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Winter and Night is a about an old crime, cold vengeance and the different paths that boys take to become men. SJ Rozan is poetic in her narrative and precise in her use of language. It's an unusual combination and it's why I love her Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series. Smith is wakened out of a dream to get his nephew out of trouble. "Fragments of stories I would never know appeared out of the night, receded again as the cab took me north." Dialog, internal and spoken, is natural and carries the...more
Sebenarnya ini tipe buku kesukaan saya. Cerita detektif, agak-agak suspense, penuh teka-teki, dan tidak terduga. Tapi ini terasa Amerika sekali.

Semuanya tipikal Amerika --atau setidaknya seperti yang ditampilkan di film-film action Hollywood standar--. Cara kerja kepolisiannya, detektifnya (yang punya partner perempuan Asia yang cantik, tangkas dan pintar), remajanya yang genk-genk-an dan diskriminatif terutama pada kelompok nerd, pesta narkoba dan seks yang berujung pembunuhan, pertandingan fo...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

I couldn't wait another year again for the next Rozan so I splashed out on the US hardback. This one is narrated by the male half of the PI team, Bill Smith, and the characters are closer to home investigating in New York City and New Jersey.

I didn't like this as much as other episodes in the series, something about it missed me. I think it was that the setting was mainly concerned with American football and high schools and that Rozan was taking it for granted that I'd know a lot of details th

What an amazing book! I read it before, when it came out in 2002, but forgot what an intense read it was. This book is told from Bill Smith's point-of-view, and is the story of his nephew who wants to do the right thing, but is first picked up by the police, then given into Bill's custody; Gary runs away from Bill in order to finish what he started. It takes Bill, and his partner Lydia Chin, down quite a long path to find Gary; through Bill's past, his relationships with his father and his siste...more
This series, which features Lydia Chin and Bill Smith as New York PIs, alternates books between the two partners as storytellers. Bill narrates this one in which his teenage nephew, Gary, arrested in Manhattan, has to ask for his uncle's help. When Gary vanishes, Bill and Lydia start investigating in his hometown in New Jersey, a community obsessed with football to the point of pathology. As they become more involved in the dynamics of this toxic town, the book explores basic questions of good a...more
It seems to me that a series writer has a tougher time winning awards that a writer of stand-alone novels, and not just in the mystery field -- just look at how Laura Ingalls Wilder never won a Newbery, and Beverly Cleary had to wait for hers until she wrote a stand-alone "problem novel." Since I greatly enjoy watching characters develop through a series, I'm always disappointed when a favorite is nominated but doesn't get the final prize.

I picked up Winter and Night at a used book sale some tim...more
I saw a review of Rozan's last book in the New Yorker's crime corner and thought I'd try her work. The idea of a man-woman PI partnership was intriguing as were the descriptions of the two protagonists.

So, I started with this book -- what appears to be the first book in the series that is published for Kindle. Overall, I'm pleased with the first venture and would have rated it a fourth star except for my criticism noted below. I'll also note that I've bought another (A Bitter Feast) to see if i...more
Yvonne Mendez
Even though this story has a good plot, with several twists and turns made just at the right time, more than once I would get so annoyed at the story-telling flow that I almost stopped reading the book. All the characters were nothing more than stereotypes, the abusive jocks, the geek victims, the invincible super-rich, etc. But that's not what annoyed me, for me it was the never ending descriptions and OK the time-frame of the story was fall, do I really need to know how much ch...more
Bunga Mawar
Buku gratisan hadiah ultahnya Kubugil. Baru selesai dibaca satu minggu setelah dimulai... wong minggu lalu saya tinggalkan di Jakarta saat saya nglaju lagi ke Parung... :)

Mau nggak mau jadi ingat film "Disturbing Behavior". Kalau kamu nggak masuk kelompok orang-orang keren di kota kamu (yang walaupun cuma kota kecil sebenarnya ga jauh dari metropolitan New York), artinya kamu harus siap hidup terkucil. Apalagi karena indikator keren di Warrenstown ini adalah keterlibatan dalam olahraga (America...more
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Winter and Night - VG
S.J. Rozen - 8th in series
When Bill Smith receives a call from the New York City police telling him that his teenage nephew, Gary, is in jail and has asked for him, Bill is certainly surprised, especially because he has had no contact with his sister, Gary's mother, in some time. When he manages to get Gary released into his custody, the boy will not say why he has come to New York, only that he has something important to do. Bill insists that Gary must call his mother, but...more
Private eye Bill Smith is a New York detective who is called to bail out his nephew he hasn't seen in years. The son of Bill's estranged sister, the boy is in trouble, but won't share or accept help beyond getting out of jail. So begins Bill's search for his nephew and the uncovering of crimes decades old and new threats. It is about small town high school football and how it has corrupted the people both past and present. I thought this story was fast paced and engaging.
Rachel Groves
This is the first SJ Rozan book I've read and I really enjoyed it. I like the writing style, the characters, the story and the pace suited me just fine. The story and plot kept moving enough throughout the book to keep me interested although I had expected a bit more drama in the end at the resolution.

Although there is suspicious death/murder in the plot it's not really about murder and gruesome crime. It's much more about the characters, about family relationships, small town mentality and the...more
Jun 11, 2008 Becca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This novel was a solid B , clearly good but not quite great. First, I was pleasantly surprised by Rozan's writing. This is pretty much a straight classic crime novel but with the quality of writing kicked up a notch. Many of her characters, including her detective, were very nuanced and well written, and although the criminals are just a bit too perfectly and infuriatingly evil to be really interesting, it makes the book fun to read. In terms of plot, it was solid and kept you interested but the...more
Diah Ayu
katanya buku ini pemenang Edgar Award, walopun toh aku gak ngerti penghargaan macam apa itu, hehehe...

sbenernya seh ini buku misteri yg agak2 berbau detektif gitu. tp cara penceritaannya beda banget dg buku sejenis yg biasanya mengumbar ketegangan dan dramatisasi. buku ini justru bercerita dg gaya narasi yg detail, agak datar, dan tidak menekankan kekuatan cerita pada unsur 'pemecahan teka-teki' seperti novel detektif pada umumnya.

tapi itulah bagusnya buku ini.

bahwa yang terpenting kadangkala b...more
Teresa in Ohio
I enjoy this series because of the interaction between Lydia and Bill and because they take turns being the main character. In this installment Bill gets a call that his nephew is in NYC jail and requested him to come rescue him. This is the beginning of a trip down memory lane with Bill, even Lydia doesn't know his secret. Along the way she experiences a side of him she hasn't seen before and a rift develops in their relationship. Trying to unravel while Gary ran to NYC leads Bill to small town...more
Robert J.
This one is about Bill Smith's real anger problem coming from his family experience. I had flashes of Robert B. Parker's book Early Autumn, but Smith isn't that much of a role model. At least he emerges from this novel without serious injury :).
Although this book was written 10 years ago, the problems of disaffected young men, the power of jocks, drugs and high school sports and the way protecting the home team and its secrets can ruin a town are still remarkably current.

The story is written from Bill's point of view, and we learn a lot about his background and his dysfunctional family as he searches for his runaway nephew, a high school football player from a small New Jersey city. The personal and professional relationship between Bi...more
I liked the characters in this and the dialogue made me laugh several times but I have only rated it 3 stars because I felt the pace dropped off a number of times in the book, most significantly around the beginning of the second third. Also I felt that the ending wasn't a proper conclusion. As this is part of a series of books, it was difficult to grasp Lydia and Bill's relationship without knowing their background, so that was occasionally annoying. However I did like the plot (though it was q...more
Cindy Barnett
Interesting enough to finish. Wm. Dufris reads well. Language. Author doesn't like Christianity - slights are seldom & quietly done but, nevertheless, there. © 2002
Intense book. It's been a while since I've come across a book that I can't put down. This one has some slow parts but overall I thought it was tight and well paced.
Tom Kammerer
Had its moments; good flow and characters but lacked a satisfying conclusion; feels like partial story meant to setup next installment
One of Rozan's best -- I've largely ignored the Smith-narrated books of the series, but she packs a punch with Bill and his messed up manpain here. And it's great to see Chin Ling Wan-ju through the eyes of someone else, although I really missed her mom here. I appreciate how delicately Rozan's drawn their partnership through the books. Rozan, like Paretsky, sometimes gets a little heavy-handed with the political messaging, but there's still a very strong plot, and some great young supporting ch...more
This one was OK... School shooting books are kind of passe by now and also there was way lots of man aggression and not enough Bill and Lydia.
As much as I've come to adore these characters and this author, I didn't care for this book nearly as much as others. I've read maybe 5 of the others, some earlier in the series and some later.

The anger between Bill and his brother-in-law verged on overkill. The "explanation" offered did nothing to make it less unbelievable.

Some of the plot lines were good and they were worked out to a logical conclusion. Others seemed to be tossed in for the sake of having something for the associated charact...more
Uh-oh--yet another List Author.

This series features P.I. Bill Smith and in this book we meet his family, such as they are since he hasn't actually seen any of them in decades. Yet, his nephew Gary shows up unexpectedly, just long enough to make it clear he's in trouble and then disappears again. Even though everyone involved wants Smith to back off, he feels compelled to nose around, "stirring up trouble."

Somehow, Rozan weaves together high school and small-town sociology, bullying, and family...more
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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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