Ghost Hero: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels #11) (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
Ghost Hero: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels #11) Cover Image
Email or call for price
Out of Print - Unlikely to be Available

Staff Reviews

Snappy repartee spices up this mystery set in the art scene of New York City.  A rumor is circulating in the art community about new paintings by an artist who died in the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Ghost Hero.  Lydia Chin is hired by Jeff Dunbar to ascertain the truth of the rumors and if they have merit to find the paintings.  Lydia is uneasy about Jeff from the get go, he doesn’t look or talk like the serious art collector he purports to be.  Nor does he seem to really exist.  Lydia is not an art expert, not does her detective agency specialize in art, fortunately her partner, Bill Smith, is pals with another detective, Jack Lee, who is an art expert and specializes in such cases.   Jack, however, is already involved posing a potential conflict of interest.  Soon the three have combined forces to comb galleries and artist’s studios trying to unravel the unlikely rumor of unknown paintings from a dead master.  Lydia and Jack are both American-Born Chinese.  While Rozan gives an entertaining mystery set in the New York Art World that would be interesting to art lovers and New York city aficionados alike, it also gives a look into the Chinese-American community, from the prejudice encountered by two of the heroes to the tight knit relations of community members.  It takes only one meal in Chinatown for Lydia’s mother to find out she dined with handsome Jack Lee, a much better prospect in her mother’s mind than the Kentucky born Bill Smith. Rozan isn’t big on gore; Ghost Hero is more about the puzzle, the resilience of the characters, and the sprinkling of humor to give the story sparkle.

— Deon Stonehouse


After a dry spell and verging on desperate for work, Chinese- American P.I. Lydia Chin agrees to take a case different from her usual fare. A man calling himself Jeff Dunbar hires her to track down a rumor about a very unusual Chinese painter. Contemporary Chinese painting is blazing hot in the art world and no one is hotter than Chau Chun – Ghost Hero Chau. A brilliant and widely-recognized artist, known for mixing classical forms and contemporary political comment, his works are highly prized. The rumor of new paintings by Chau is racing through the Manhattan art world. There's only one problem – Ghost Hero Chau has been dead for twenty years.

Something is clearly amiss. Not only is the Ghost Hero dead, but Lydia's client isn't who he claims to be. And she's not the only PI looking into the case—Bill Smith and Lydia discover that Jack Lee, also Chinese-American, a PI and an art expert as well —has been hired to chase down the same rumors. What starts as buzz over new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more complex and dangerous, involving secrets that more than one person seems willing to go to extremes to protect.

About the Author

S. J. Rozan is author of many critically acclaimed novels which have won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero awards. Her books include China Trade and The Shanghai Moon. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan now lives in lower Manhattan.

Praise For…

“S.J. Rozan is a good old-fashioned mystery writer, and I mean that as a high compliment.” —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

“...excellent ... Engaging characters, crisp dialogue, intelligent storytelling, and a minimum of violence add up to another winner for Rozan.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Rozan picks up the pace and adds a new plot twist to pull off another coup.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

“Rozan delivers another thoroughly entertaining, meticulously plotted and utterly riveting installment of her Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series.... rival PI Jack Lee is a delightful addition.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

“...more cons and double-crosses than The Sting.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250006936
ISBN-10: 1250006937
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: August 21st, 2012
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels