Beijing, China: Forbidden City, door detail.
Award-winning author S.J. Rozan
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American-Born 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 uprising.
But not only is Ghost Hero Chau long dead, 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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Beijing, China: Temple of Heaven. End off a long, hot day.
Beijing, China: Temple of Heaven — “Take my picture. I’m 80!”
Beijing, China: “I don’t care who Yao Ming plays for — I’m a Lakers fan!”
Beijing, China: Actors making up for the Beijing opera.
Dunhuang, China: Hotel and restaurant staff gather for morning meeting.
Yanshan Mountains, Hebei Province, China: SJ Rozan on the Great Wall.
Chinatown, NYC: New Year’s Flower Market. This was the Year of the Rat. These are bread dough rats, to bring good luck.
Chinatown, NYC: New Year’s Flower Market. Different kinds of flowers for sale.
Chinatown, NYC: New Year’s Flower Market. A cool customer.
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC: Christmas lights.
Bronx Botanical Gardens, NYC: Winter shrubs.
Long Island, New York: Fourth of July Parade.
Unalaska (Aleutian Islands), Alaska: downtown.
Unalaska (Aleutian Islands), Alaska: SJ Rozan on the tundra.
Unalaska (Aleutian Islands), Alaska: Fishing nets.
Unalaska (Aleutian Islands), Alaska: The bridge I’m standing on connects the two islands that make up the town, and is called — no matter where you are — The Bridge to the Other Side.
I snuck behind the chain at an exhibit at a TV station tower and my Japanese traveling buddy, though horrified by my bad behavior, snapped this.
Nine a.m., but barely dawn. Oct. 2009. I was in Unalaska, in the center of the Aleutian chain, to teach some writing workshops in the schools.
Among my plans for the fall…
My neighborhood, early one morning, spring 2011. Never know what you’ll find on an early morning walk. I got the feeling this plant was checking to see if it was safe to sneak around the corner.
About as Hong Kong as you can get. 2011. Multitudes of cranes, no clue yet about the building going up. This site is near the Star ferry terminal on the Hong Kong side.
New Year’s Flower Market in The Year of the Pig. Pineapples are for good luck. Taken in January of 2008.
The Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Where I live the manholes don’t get covered in sand.
I teach fiction writing at the Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy, every summer. The stones in Assisi, whether on walls or streets, are irresistible.
Assisi is full of beautiful sights. I loved the shadows on the wall and the bright color of the flowers that I spotted on an early morning walk.
Xmas in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 2009. I walk around New York a lot, and Red Hook is one of my favorite walks. I go there once a month to a reading series at Sunny’s Bar, for you Brooklynites. An industrial neighborhood, but someone decorated the trees.