A Bitter Feast

Lydia Chin/Bill Smith #5

A Bitter Feast

It’s Lydia Chin’s turn to go underground, as the Chinese-American P.I. investigates a case that strikes at the heart of Chinatown’s dangerously shifting power structure.

Four restaurant workers, including a union organizer, have disappeared, and the union’s lawyer hires Lydia to find them. But when a bomb shatters the Chinese Restaurant Workers’ Union headquarters, killing one of the missing men and injuring the lawyer, Lydia is summoned by the prime suspect, one of Chinatown’s most powerful men, to continue the search–on his payroll. With backup from her partner Bill Smith, Lydia goes undercover as a dim sum waitress, slinging steamed dumplings while dodging a lethal conflict between the old and the new orders, and searching for the missing waiters and their deadly secret–before someone serves them their last supper…


Published 1999
St. Martin’s Press
Lydia Chin and Bill Smith Series #5
ISBN-13: 9780312970116
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“Smart, crisp writing…The rich sights, sounds and textures of daily life in Chinatown are a sumptuous feast for jaded palates.” –Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“You couldn’t ask for better company than Lydia.” —Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

“A marvelous series…One of the best P.I. duos in contemporary mystery fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Engaging, energetic Lydia is good company.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“Rozan skillfully measures out the layers of double-dealing, keeping her plot just twisty enough to spin it out with consummate professionalism. If you still don’t know Lydia and Bill, you’ll never have a better chance to meet them.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)