THE ART OF VIOLENCE virtual launch

Weds. Dec. 2, 8pm EST/6pm MST

Link: Poisoned Pen on Facebook Live

Note: PP will have signed books!


Reading at Singapore Unbound’s Second Saturdays Series

Sat. Dec 12, 7:30pm EST

Whodunnit Fundraiser
Join us for Second Saturdays Reading on December 12, 7.30 PM  featuring multiple award-winning crime writer SJ Rozan, who will read from her new book THE ART OF VIOLENCE. The event is free, but you may make a donation during the event. RSVP Jee at for Zoom link.


In conversation with Russ Colchamiro

Weds. Jan. 27

Details TBA





Publisher’s Weekly on THE ART OF VIOLENCE (starred review)

Edgar winner Rozan brilliantly inverts a whodunit trope in her outstanding 13th mystery featuring New York City PIs Lydia Chin and Bill Smith (after 2019’s Paper Son): instead of seeking exoneration, a convicted killer seeks to be proven guilty. Six years earlier, Bill was on Sam Tabor’s defense team after Sam was charged with murdering Amy Evans, whom he’d stabbed to death at a party after drinking some punch laced with PCP. Sam, who had no previous history of violence, rejected an insanity defense, and accepted a plea deal. But Sam’s 15-to-life sentence was curtailed after a successful campaign for his release spearheaded by activists who believed that his artistic gifts, discovered during his imprisonment, merited clemency. Now, after two women who resemble Evans are fatally stabbed in the city, Sam feels that he’s once again responsible, and beseeches Bill to prove his guilt. Bill isn’t sure what to believe, and aided by Lydia navigates a twisted path to the truth. As always, Rozan’s intelligent, witty prose is a treat, and she justifies a choice made in the previous book regarding the relationship between her two leads. Newcomers as well as devotees will be enthralled.


Booklist on THE ART OF VIOLENCE (starred review)

This is the thirteenth title (following Paper Son, 2019) in Rozan’s critically acclaimed series. PI partners Bill Smith and Lydia Chin alternate as narrators, and this time it’s Bill’s turn. The two
detectives are in the early days of a romance and playing a game of don’t-ask-don’t-tell with Lydia’s mother, the formidable Mama Chin. A serial killer is on the loose in New York City, and Sam Tabor, a brilliant artist recently released from prison, interrupts Bill’s practice session of a Schubert impromptu to ask him to investigate whether he, Sam, is the murderer. Diagnosed with an astonishing assortment of mental disorders over the years, Sam self-medicates with alcohol and, as a result, is perpetually disoriented and suffers from intermittent memory loss. Bill and
Lydia descend into his demimonde and discover that this self-proclaimed “weirdo” is no odder than his bizarre fellow artists and the dealers vying for his work. Not to mention the connoisseurs of his dark and violent paintings. After a donut-fueled meeting with the police and a few, much nicer dinners during which the couple bat around possibilities, Bill and Lydia find themselves in a muddled, he-did-it-no-she-did-it frenzy that culminates with Mama Chin saving the day. In addition to her formidable writing skills, Rozan’s own endeavors as an architect of 20 years undoubtedly contribute to the novel’s excellent structure.


Booklist on PAPER SON (starred review)

This new title in an award-winning and critically acclaimed series will be welcomed by fans.


Publisher’s Weekly on PAPER SON (starred review)

Edgar winner Rozan’s stellar 12th novel featuring the two New York City PIs. Her superior prose and characterizations will make even newcomers hope for a shorter wait for the next book in the series.


Kirkus on PAPER SON

A triumphant return of this sorely missed franchise



SJ Rozan also writes as Sam Cabot
(with Carlos Dews)

Mandarin Plaid, now available as an e-book

now available for Kindle

No Colder Place, now available for e-readers

now available for Kindle

The first 4 Lydia Chin/Bill Smith novels are now available for Kindle!

8 Short Stories from SJ are now available for e-readers!

Learn more here.