"Rozan again proves that the private detective novel thrives in the 21st century." -- Oline Cogdill, The Sun-Sentinel on On the Line
Chinese PI Lydia Chin is called in on what appears to be a simple case.
Jeff Dunbar, art world insider, wants her to track down a rumor.
Contemporary Chinese painting is sizzling hot on the art scene and no
one is hotter than Chau Chun, known as the Ghost Hero. A talented and
celebrated ink painter, Chau's highly-prized work mixes classical forms
and modern political commentary. The rumor of new paintings by Chau is
shaking up the art world. There’s only one problem – Ghost Hero Chau
has been dead for twenty years, killed in the 1989 Tianamen Square
But not only is Ghost Hero Chau long dead, but Lydia’s
client isn't who he claims to be either. And she’s not the only PI hired
to look for these paintings. Lydia and her partner, Bill Smith, soon
learn that someone else – Jack Lee: PI, art expert, and, like Lydia,
American Born Chinese – is also on the case. What starts as rumors over
new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more
desperate – a high-stakes crisis the PI's will find themselves risking
everything to resolve.
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