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China Trade by S.J. Rozan
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Oct 22, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary_post_1945, female_author, mystery, new_york_city, private_investigator
Read in April, 1997

Rozen, S.J. - 1st in Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series

Asian-American private investigator Lydia Chin knows New York City's Chinatown, its people, and its ways as no outsider ever could. So when the Chinatown Museum is robbed of a set of rare export porcelains, Lydia is hired to recover them quietly - a task that quickly proves more difficult than it at first appears. Maneuvering gently around the local gangs who control the streets of Chinatown, Lydia tackles an investigation that takes her - and her sometimes partner Bill Smith - far beyond the borders of Chinatown into the equally cryptic world of art and collecting, and upstart outer-borough gangs trying to gain a toe hold in the closed world of Chinatown.

I really enjoyed this. Great, different protagonists, wonderful sense of place. The author clearly loves NYC. Lydia is a fascinating blend of old and new Chinese culture and her mother is a hoot. This is definitely a series to follow.
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