S J Rozan Books

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S.J. Rozan is an architect born in 1950 and who has become best known for her work as an author of detective and thriller novels. A native of the Bronx in New York where she grew up with her three siblings, Rozan graduated from Oberlin College and went on to pursue further studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo where she acquired her Architecture Master’s Degree.

Order of Lydia Chin & Bill Smith Series

1China Trade 1994Description / Buy
2Concourse 1995Description / Buy
3Mandarin Plaid 1996Description / Buy
4No Colder Place 1997Description / Buy
5A Bitter Feast 1998Description / Buy
6Stone Quarry / Bad Blood 1999Description / Buy
7Reflecting the Sky / Blood Rites 2001Description / Buy
8Winter And Night / Blood Ties 2002Description / Buy
9The Shanghai Moon / Trail of Blood 2009Description / Buy
10On the Line / Out for Blood 2010Description / Buy
11Ghost Hero 2011Description / Buy
12Paper Son 2019Description / Buy
13The Art of Violence 2020Description / Buy
14Family Business 2021Description / Buy

Order of Lydia Chin & Bill Smith Short Stories/Novellas

1Body English (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
2A Tale About a Tiger (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
3Birds of Paradise (Short Story) 2004Description / Buy
4Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
5Heartbreak (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
6Prosperity Restaurant (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
7Double-crossing Delancey (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy

Order of S J Rozan Short Stories/Novellas

1Seeing the Moon (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy

Order of S J Rozan Short Story Collections

1Building and Other Stories (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy

Order of S.J. Rozan Standalone Novels

1Absent Friends 2004Description / Buy
2In this Rain 2006Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Noir Series

1Bronx Noir 2003Description / Buy
2Chicago Noir ( By:) 2005Description / Buy
3Baltimore Noir ( By: Laura Lippman) 2006Description / Buy
4New Orleans Noir ( By: Julie Smith) 2007Description / Buy
5Los Angeles Noir ( By: Denise Hamilton) 2007Description / Buy
6Wall Street Noir ( By: Peter Spiegelman) 2007Description / Buy
7Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics ( By: Joseph Hansen, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar, James M. Cain, Walter Mosley, William Gault, Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, Chester Himes, Jervey Tervalon, , Denise Hamilton) 2010Description / Buy
8Mexico City Noir ( By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) 2010Description / Buy
9Haiti Noir ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2010Description / Buy
10Kingston Noir ( By: Patricia Powell, , , , , Marlon James) 2012Description / Buy
11Haiti Noir 2 ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2013Description / Buy
12St. Louis Noir ( By: Scott Phillips) 2016Description / Buy
13Montana Noir ( By: James Grady) 2017Description / Buy
14Buenos Aires Noir ( By: Ernesto Mallo) 2017Description / Buy
15Speculative Los Angeles ( By: Duane Swierczynski, Stephen Blackmoore, , , Ben H. Winters, Charles Yu, , , Denise Hamilton) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Harold Middleton Series

1The Chopin Manuscript 2007Description / Buy
2The Copper Bracelet 2009Description / Buy
3The Starling Project: An Audible Drama 2014Description / Buy

S J Rozan Anthologies

1 Home Improvement: Undead Edition2011Description / Buy
2 A Study in Sherlock2011Description / Buy
3 In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero2012Description / Buy
4 Inherit the Dead2013Description / Buy
5 Dark City Lights: New York Stories (Have a NYC)2015Description / Buy
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Despite her love for architecture and the qualifications she quickly acquired, Rozan did not immediately pursue the industry. Rather, she did a number of odd jobs, from selling books to baking bread and painting houses. She eventually snagged a position as the project manager of a firm in New York and that set her on the path to financial success.

S.J. Rozan admits that, at that point, she had everything she had been working for. However, she found that she felt no satisfaction in her achievements. It was for that reason that Rozan decided to experiment with writing. The author had indulged in the habit on a number of occasions, this including the time when she worked as a copywriter.

However, it wasn’t until she settled in her position as a project manager that that author finally decided to give writing a serious go. With her sights set on crime fiction, the author set about writing a series of novels about the characters Bill Smith and Lydia Chin.

S.J. Rozan has admitted that she injected a lot of herself into Lydia, which is why the two share so many attributes, such as their energetic personas and optimism. To be more specific, Rozan believes that Lydia represents a younger version of herself, back when she thought the world was a place that could be saved.

Rozan describes Bill Smith as the person she has become at the present, especially when she is having a bad day. According to Rozan, she never knew true contentment until she began to write.

The author’s life doesn’t completely revolve around writing and publishing. S.J. Rozan is also a lecturer and a speaker. Rozan has also garnered a reputation for giving a lot of her time to writers, showing an interest in making an effort to help struggling authors perfect their craft and achieve the success she enjoys.

S.J. Rozan Awards

If awards are a sign of success, then Rozan is definitely a successful author, considering all the accolades she has garnered over the years, this including Shamus awards and Edgar Awards, Macavity Awards, Dily Awards and a whole host of nominations.

Best S.J. Rozan Books

S.J. Rozan contributes a very unique voice to the mystery, suspense and detective genres, with the best books from the author including:

China Trade: Lydia Chin is a Private Investigator that knows how to sniff out trouble. And despite the disapproval of her Chinese Mother, Lydia has made trouble in New York’s Chinatown her business.

Her partner Bill Smith has been living above a bar for more than a decade and it doesn’t look like he intends to leave anytime soon.

Lydia and Bill didn’t think much of their task of finding precious porcelain that was stolen; but that was before a crazed killer was injected into the mix.

The first book in the Lydia and Bill series introduces the likeable duo to readers. Someone has stolen antiques from the Chinatown Pride Museum and Lydia is hired to recover the stolen merchandize.

In order to accomplish her task, Lydia confronts a Chinatown gang, discovering a laundering business with a trail cutting across her entire community. Lydia must try to carefully traverse the complex social-economic landscape of her home even as she contends with the tension exploding between her and Bill.

The Shanghai Moon: There is a difficult case afoot, one that Private Investigator Lydia Chin must cross continents and cultures for when her former mentor Joel Pilarsky asks for her help. When a cache of European Jewelry from the Second World War is discovered and it is determined to have belonged to a Jewish refugee by the names of Rosalie Gilder, Joe is called upon to find the cache when it is stolen.

Joe’s client is a lawyer whose job it is to recover holocaust assets. Lydia’s interest is piqued when she realizes that a highly sought after jewel called the Shanghai Moon might be part of the missing cache.

Before Lydia can make sense of the importance of this new piece of information, she is forced to reconnect with Bill Smith and unravel a winding web of lies when Joe is murdered.

When Does The Next S J Rozan book come out?

The next book by S J Rozan is Family Business and will be released on December, 7th 2021. It is the newest book in the Lydia Chin & Bill Smith Series.


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  1. I was THE FIRST PERSON who PAID SJ Rozanne for three stories of P I Magazine. (PIMagazine.com)

    I am trying for HER for One YEAR just so I can write her a letter.
    LOOK and BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    please, please, PLEASE Please just let me send S J Rozanne a letter/////at my own C OST!!!! I try, try, try and TRY!!! I have met her in Bowling Green, Ohio and I have received signed autographs from HER/ Please me my mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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