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.

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Order of Lydia Chin & Bill Smith Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 China Trade 1994 Description / Buy
2 Concourse 1995 Description / Buy
3 Mandarin Plaid 1996 Description / Buy
4 No Colder Place 1997 Description / Buy
5 A Bitter Feast 1998 Description / Buy
6 Stone Quarry / Bad Blood 1999 Description / Buy
7 Reflecting the Sky / Blood Rites 2001 Description / Buy
8 Winter and Night / Blood Ties 2002 Description / Buy
9 The Shanghai Moon / Trail of Blood 2009 Description / Buy
10 On the Line / Out for Blood 2010 Description / Buy
11 Ghost Hero 2011 Description / Buy
12 Paper Son 2019 Description / Buy
13 The Art of Violence 2020 Description / Buy
14 Family Business 2021 Description / Buy
15 The Mayors of New York 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Lydia Chin & Bill Smith Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of S.J. Rozan Standalone Novels

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1 Absent Friends 2004 Description / Buy
2 In this Rain 2006 Description / Buy
3 The Murder of Mr. Ma ( With: John Shen Yen Nee) 2024 Description / Buy

Order of S.J. Rozan Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Cooking the Hounds (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
2 Hunting for Doyle (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
3 Seeing the Moon (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
4 Chin Yong-Yun Helps a Fool (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of S.J. Rozan Short Story Collections

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

Order of S.J. Rozan Poetry

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1 211 HAIKU (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

S.J. Rozan Anthologies

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1 Women of Mystery II 1994 Description / Buy
2 Canine Crimes 1998 Description / Buy
3 Bronx Noir 2003 Description / Buy
4 The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction 2004 Description / Buy
5 Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense 2009 Description / Buy
6 By Hook or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year 2010 Description / Buy
7 Home Improvement: Undead Edition 2011 Description / Buy
8 A Study in Sherlock 2011 Description / Buy
9 Staten Island Noir 2012 Description / Buy
10 In Pursuit of Spenser 2012 Description / Buy
11 USA Noir 2013 Description / Buy
12 Inherit the Dead 2013 Description / Buy
13 Buffalo Noir 2013 Description / Buy
14 Singapore Noir 2014 Description / Buy
15 Dark City Lights: New York Stories (Have a NYC) 2015 Description / Buy
16 Silent Night, Deadly Night 2016 Description / Buy
17 Mystery Tribune / Issue Nº8: Winter 2019 2019 Description / Buy
18 The Faking of the President 2020 Description / Buy
19 Crime Hits Home 2022 Description / 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?

S.J. Rozan doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Mayors of New York and was released on December, 5th 2023. 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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