Ghost Hero

Ghost Hero

Ghost Hero

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.


September 27, 2011
Minotaur Books
ISBN-13: 978-0312544508
available in hardback, Kindle

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Publishers Weekly gave Ghost Hero a starred review: “Engaging characters, crisp dialogue, intelligent storytelling, and a minimum of violence add up to another winner for Rozan.”


4 ½ stars TOP PICK from Romantic Times

“Rozan delivers another thoroughly entertaining, meticulously plotted and utterly riveting installment of her Lydia chin/Bill Smith series. It feels like welcoming in old friends who have a knack for getting themselves into the weirdest sort of scrapes, and rival PI Jack Lee is a delightful addition.

“Summary: PI Lydia chin is hired to investigate an art-world rumor: three paintings by a Chinese dissident believed to have died during the Tianamen Square uprising will be revealed at an upcoming show. If the paintings are real, it means a huge windfall to the gallery obtaining the paintings, and a big public embarrassment for the Chinese government.

“Lydia learns not only that her client is not who he says he is, she’s not the only PI who’s hired to track down the paintings. Enter Jack Lee, whose client desperately hopes the paintings are fakes. As they team up and cautiously begin sharing information, the stakes are suddenly raised sky high and soon they’re plotting an elaborate scheme to not only get to the truth, but also to save their own lives. (MINOTAUR, Oct, 336 pp. $25.99)”

Michelle Wiener
Romantic Times


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