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A seemingly simple missing-persons case leads Chinese American private detective Lydia Chin and her occasional partner, Bill, into the middle of a deadly power struggle between Chinatown rivals, federal officials, and the NYPD - (Baker & Taylor)

A seemingly simple missing-persons case leads Chinese-American private detective Lydia Chin and her occasional partner, Bill, into the middle of a deadly power struggle between Chinatown rivals, federal officials, and the NYPD. 25,000 first printing. Tour. - (Baker & Taylor)

Private investigator Lydia Chin has lived in New York City's Chinatown all her life. But even to those born and raised in this city-within-a-city, where the power structure is often based on perceptions and shifting alliances, the complex interactions of Chinatown can be elusive.
The Chinese Restaurant Workers' Union - a new, unaligned, and untried union - is making waves in Chinatown by trying to organized the restaurant workers, challenge the powerful restaurant owners, and shift the balance of power. When four restaurant workers, one of them a union organizer, disappear with no known reason and without a trace, the union's lawyer reluctantly hires Lydia Chin to find the missing men. With her sometimes-partner Bill Smith, Lydia soon discovers that she is not the only one looking for them. Approached by all sides and alternately pressured to drop the case and to solve it quickly, Lydia finds herself in the middle of a mysterious conflict between two powerful Chinatown rivals, the New York City police, a struggling union, and a shadowy pair of federal agents. And four missing men, possessing a deadly secret, whose very lives hang in the balance. - (Blackwell North Amer)

Joining the company of Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, and Patricia Cornwell, Shamus Award-winner S.J. Rozan now owns a coveted Anthony Award for Best Novel for her No Colder Place. The Washington Post has called her Bill Smith/Lydia Chin novels “a series to watch for.” Booklist deemed Rozan “a major figure in contemporary mystery fiction.” Now it's your turn-- to discover one of fiction's major voices and to fall in love with a mystery of evocative atmosphere, engaging characters, and exquisite writing.

It's Lydia Chin's turn to go underground as the Chinese-American P.I. investigates a case that strikes at the heart of Chinatown's dangerously shifting power structure. Four restaurant workers, including a union organizer, have disappeared, and the union's lawyer hires Lydia to find them. But when a bomb shatters the Chinese Restaurant Workers' Union headquarters, killing one of the missing men and injuring the lawyer, Lydia is summoned by the prime suspect, one of Chinatown's most powerful men, to continue the search--on his payroll. With backup from her partner Bill Smith, Lydia goes undercover as a dim sum waitress, slinging steamed dumplings while dodging a lethal conflict between the old and the new orders, and searching for the missing waiters and their deadly secret--before someone serves them their last supper...
- (Holtzbrinck)

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/*Starred Review*/ Last seen in No Colder Place , PIs Lydia Chin and Bill Smith return in their fifth adventure. Rozan--the only other woman besides Sue Grafton to have won the Shamus Award for Best Novel--has built a marvelous series around these two characters. Each installment has alternated between the voice of Lydia, a Chinese American born and raised in New York's Chinatown, and Bill, a veteran with a past he'd rather forget. This one focuses on the complexities of power in Chinatown that Lydia encounters when hired to find four missing waiters who all worked at the Dragon Garden, a popular dim sum restaurant owned by one of the community's Cantonese power brokers. The job leads Lydia and Bill to the conflict between the older Cantonese and the newer Fukienese immigrants, discovery of illegal aliens imported for cheap labor to prevent unionization of Chinese restaurants, the deadly business of drug running, and possible U.S. government involvement in smuggling dissidents out of mainland China. Quite a brew indeed, and one that Rozan handles with skill and verve in the most complex plot she has yet written. Lydia and Bill's relationship provides the intriguing subplot in what may be the best of this uniformly excellent, well written, and entertaining series. If you've missed the first four, now is the time to get acquainted with one of the best PI duos in contemporary mystery fiction. ((Reviewed August 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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