China Trade

It's a city within a city, of smells, sounds, dark shops, and close-knit families; it's a world all its own.

And in all of New York's Chinatown, there is no one like P.I. Lydia Chin, who has a nose for trouble, a disapproving Chinese mother, and a partner named Bill Smith who's been living above a bar for sixteen years.

Hired to find some precious stolen porcelain, Lydia follows a trail of clues from highbrow art dealers into a world of Chinese gangs.

Suddenly, this case has become as complex as her community itself–and as deadly as a killer on the loose…


October 1994
St. Martin’s Press
ISBN-13: 978-0312112547
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“The very best kind of crime novel: the action is crackling, the voice is unique…A smashing debut!” –Sarah Shankman, author of He Was Her Man

“Invigorating…consistently interesting…Rozan's intricate plot is deft and plausible…well above the ordinary…lively and surprising.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Exciting…A distinctive voice and talent…Rozan's Chinatown setting has the ring of authenticity, and Lydia is a true original.” —Booklist

“Superb…Lydia Chin is smart, witty, insightful, and a bulldog of a detective–one of the most appealing P.I.'s to come along.” –Susan Dunlap, author of High Fall

“In her debut novel, Rozan manages to create original characters, while re-creating, on paper, an exotic city within an exotic city.” —Purloined Letter

“Delicately drawn, delightful characters, a smoothly fashioned plot, and the truly original voice of the narrator produce a sparkling gem.” —Poisoned Pen