Imatge de l'autor

S. J. Rozan

Autor/a de China Trade

49+ obres 3,736 Membres 139 Ressenyes 12 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Inclou aquests noms: S.J. Rozen, S. J. Rozan, Rozan J. S.


Obres de S. J. Rozan

China Trade (1994) 419 exemplars
Winter and Night (2002) 337 exemplars
The Shanghai Moon (2009) 299 exemplars
Absent Friends (2004) 246 exemplars
Stone Quarry (1999) 231 exemplars
Mandarin Plaid (1996) 228 exemplars
No Colder Place (1997) 227 exemplars
Concourse (1995) 220 exemplars
Reflecting the Sky (2001) 218 exemplars
A Bitter Feast (1998) 195 exemplars
On the Line (2010) 159 exemplars
Ghost Hero (2011) 143 exemplars
In this Rain (2006) 123 exemplars
Bronx Noir (2003) — Editor; Col·laborador — 101 exemplars
Blood of the Lamb (2013) 95 exemplars
Paper Son (2019) 95 exemplars
The Art of Violence (2020) 53 exemplars
Family Business (2021) 38 exemplars
Skin of the Wolf (2014) 35 exemplars
The Mayors of New York (2023) 25 exemplars
Crime Hits Home (2022) — Editor; Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
New York City Noir: The Five Borough Set (2012) — Editor — 20 exemplars
The Murder of Mr. Ma (2024) 20 exemplars
Seeing the Moon [short story] (2009) 10 exemplars
Heartbreak [short story] (1990) 5 exemplars
Body English [short story] (2012) 5 exemplars
Building and Other Stories (2011) 4 exemplars
The Four Dorothys 1 exemplars
Hoops [short story] 1 exemplars
Sense títol 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Home Improvement: Undead Edition (2011) — Col·laborador — 567 exemplars
A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2011) — Col·laborador — 535 exemplars
Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book (2010) — Col·laborador — 318 exemplars
Inherit the Dead (2013) — Col·laborador — 290 exemplars
Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop (2010) — Col·laborador — 240 exemplars
The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller (2007) — Col·laborador — 235 exemplars
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 (2011) — Col·laborador — 188 exemplars
Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories from Mystery Writers of America (2015) — Col·laborador — 183 exemplars
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008) — Col·laborador — 168 exemplars
In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Col·laborador — 165 exemplars
Two of the Deadliest (2009) — Col·laborador — 155 exemplars
Dangerous Women (1998) — Col·laborador — 132 exemplars
The Best American Mystery Stories 1997 (1997) — Col·laborador — 117 exemplars
Murder in Vegas: New Crime Tales of Gambling and Desperation (2005) — Col·laborador — 114 exemplars
Manhattan Noir (2006) — Col·laborador — 109 exemplars
Deadly Housewives (2006) — Col·laborador — 84 exemplars
USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013) — Col·laborador — 83 exemplars
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Col·laborador — 79 exemplars
A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007) — Col·laborador — 78 exemplars
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
The Rich and the Dead (2011) — Col·laborador — 62 exemplars
Singapore Noir (2014) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
Anonymous Sex (2022) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
New Jersey Noir (2011) — Col·laborador — 59 exemplars
Deadly Anniversaries (2020) — Col·laborador — 53 exemplars
Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted (2017) — Col·laborador — 48 exemplars
Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers (2019) — Col·laborador — 47 exemplars
The Mysterious North (2002) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Wild Crimes: Stories of Mystery in the Wild (2004) — Col·laborador — 44 exemplars
Buffalo Noir (2015) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds (2015) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
Staten Island Noir (2012) — Col·laborador — 33 exemplars
Murder at the Foul Line (1911) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
Deadly Allies II (1994) — Col·laborador — 26 exemplars
Vengeance Is Hers (1997) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
Crème de la Crime (2000) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir (2000) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Dark City Lights: New York Stories (2015) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Lethal Ladies (1996) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
The Fourth Woman Sleuth Anthology (1991) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Witnesses for the Dead: Stories (2022) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Mystery Street (2001) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
The Shamus Game (2000) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Collectibles (2021) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Hardboiled Brooklyn (2006) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
Lethal Ladies II (1998) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying (2010) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem, and Suspense (2009) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Crime After Crime (1998) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Press Anthology (2020) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Crimespree Magazine #1 and 2 (2011) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes (2012) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Vrouwen onder hoogspanning (1995) 2 exemplars
RIDE 2: More Short Fiction About Bicycles (2012) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mid-December 1994 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
The Green Hornet: Still at Large (2012) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Protectors 2: Heroes (2015) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Crimespree Magazine #50 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú



I've been reading this series for awhile-- Bill and Lydia make a really good team, with different approaches and trust in each other. Keep them coming Ms Rozan!
ehousewright | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Feb 13, 2024 |
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
New York's first female mayor has a problem. A few months after taking office, her fifteen-year-old son has run away. It's not the first time, but it's the first time since she's been elected. She's in the middle of high-stakes negotiations with a police union, so Mayor McCann doesn't feel like she can turn to them without taking some PR hits/weakening in the negotiations.

So, she has her aide hire Bill Smith (who brings along Lydia, of course). It's not easy tracking down one of the most recognizable teens in the city without letting anyone know you're doing that—and it almost seems like the "without letting anyone know" part might overrule the "finding the teen" part of the job.

Now, Lydia's trying to decide if she takes on a case of her own at the same time. Readers know long before they do that these cases will end up intertwined—otherwise, why would Rozan bring it up? And once Bill and Lydia cotton on to that, a hunt for a runaway takes on a whole new layer. Possibly several layers.

Nah, I'm not going to talk about Bill and Lydia today—I honestly don't know if I have anything else to say about them outside how they're probably my favorite partnership in Crime Fiction (Robin/Cormoran—learn from these two. They trust each other and communicate frankly. Your lives will be the better for it, and the books will be shorter, too. Everyone wins.).

I want to talk about Mark McCann a little bit. At first, he's just the target. He's little more than a MacGuffin to get the plot moving. Then we start to learn a little about him and he becomes an actual character—one I want to learn more about. Then we get to meet him, and I like him a lot. And then Mark goes ahead and does some clever and stupid (read: dangerous) things and I want to see more of him.

The wanting to see more of him goes for everyone who's alive and not under indictment of some sort at the end of the book—the McCann's household staff, the people who help Mark along the way (and then help Bill and Lydia), and so on. I know it's not really Rozan's style, but if we could run across them in future books for a chapter or so just to spend more time with them, I'd really enjoy that. These all have a little more life to them than your typical witnesses, bystanders, and so on in PI Fiction. I particularly appreciated the way they all want some sort of Mayoral favor shown to their neighborhoods/communities and the way that Lydia takes notes to pass them along. A very nice—and real—note.

I feel like I should spend a few paragraphs on the most interesting character in this novel—Aubrey "Bree" Hamilton, the mayor's aide who hires Bill to look for Mark. She and Bill dated years ago, and it's clear from Bill's First-Person Narration that the chip on his shoulder regarding this particular cheating %#&@ has is still pretty deep, no matter what degree of happiness he's found elsewhere. It's not just the way she cheated on him—Bill has no sympathy for her former PR clients (lawyers, largely) or the politicians she now works for, assuming everything they do or say is calculated for their benefit. He trusts Bree less than her bosses—and we see that throughout—but something about a 15-year-old boy who keeps running away from home speaks to Bill, so he has to investigate.

I got off target there, but I thought I'd explain Bill taking the case when he can't stand anyone involved. Bree is a perfectly designed character—the reader can see how she's good at her job, calculating, smart, and generally three steps ahead of anyone (aside from our protagonists occasionally). It's impossible to tell how much she believes a lot of what she says, or if she's saying it out of duty. And then there's what she says to yank Bill's chain a little bit. Bill (and therefore his narration) is so jaded against her that it's hard for us to know how much of our negative reaction to her is justified and how much it is seeing her through Bill's eyes. A great move by Rozan.

The pace is fast without being breakneck. The dialogue is sharp and witty. Bill's narration has never been more hard-boiled (his contempt for the client/client's intermediary helps). The characters jump off the page. It's what you want in a PI novel.

Early on, I had inklings about what was behind everything (and I'm pretty sure Rozan intended readers to). As the plot moved forward and we received more and more confirmation about those inklings, it made me uncomfortable and a little queasy. Why couldn't I have been wrong? Why couldn't these have been red herrings? Thanks to some skillful storytelling you don't get bogged down in the wrongness of everything that's afoot—it's there and it colors everything, but your focus becomes on the characters dealing with it all, the reveals to other characters and the nail-biting way this story is resolved.

Yes, I think Rozan could've just as easily and skillfully let the characters and readers wallow in the muck of the crimes behind everything—but it would've changed the tenor of the book so much that the early chapters would feel out of place, and we probably wouldn't have found some resolution that's as satisfying.

Also, just because some things weren't red herrings, don't think that Rozan doesn't toss enough of them at the reader to keep you wondering.

Rozan has been on a hot streak since Paper Son, and The Mayors of New York shows no signs of her slowing down anytime soon. And I am more than okay with that. If you've never indulged in this series before—this would work as a jumping-on point. Almost any of them would, really. The trick is to jump on somewhere for some of the best that PI fiction has to offer. A touch of the classic American PI added to a hefty helping of the 21st century. The Mayors of New York is one I heartily recommend to all.
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hcnewton | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jan 11, 2024 |
It took me a little while to engage with this one, but the wait was worth it. Bill (narrating) and Lydia agree to locate the missing teenage son of NYC's mayor. During their investigation, we meet several other characters whose leadership positions entitle them to claim similar titles. The pursuit ends up intersecting with other cases and taking some surprising twists and turns, which were fun to follow. My only complaint was that we didn't get to hear from Mrs. Chin.
Jim53 | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Dec 26, 2023 |
I was excited to see S.J. Rozan involved in this collaboration. It's a strange but really fun (and subtly thought-provoking) historical romp set in 1920s London that pairs a Chinese Dr. Watson-style narrator with an impressive Judge Dee - not *that* Judge Dee, but cut from the same cloth as classical Chinese crime stories, a wise outsider who is able to solve crimes and fight bad guys with acrobatic skill; this is somehow paired with a dash of dime novel, but it all works.

The pair investigate the disappearance of a Chinese national who was recruited (like Dee) to provide labor in the battlefields of France during World War I. (Who knew? This is one of those historical lacuna that makes stories like this so enlightening.) They soon are investigating a string of murders while avoiding the interference of a bigoted police officer. There's just enough depth folded into this froth of a story to make it much more than it may seem on the surface.

There are hints Judge Dee will return in future adventures. I'm looking forward to them.
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bfister | Dec 3, 2023 |



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