Mandarin Plaid

It's a long way from the cramped, dreary sweatshops where Lydia Chin's mother once sewed for the heady world of fashion.

But in New York City, worlds collide. And a petite, Chinese-American P.I. can still rub shoulders with the rich, the poor, the beautiful, and the depraved.

Elegant, porcelain-skinned Genna Jing is sure her latest designs are worth a fortune. That's why she is willing to pay the fifty grand being demanded by the person who stole her design book.

But when Lydia–backed by her partner Bill Smith–makes the drop, everything goes wrong. Soon a simple case of high-fashion extortion leads Lydia and Bill from Chinatown to Park Avenue, and from murder to more money: a million dollars in exchange for a missing man's life…


September 1996
St. Martin’s Press
ISBN-13: 978-0312146740
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“A new and absorbing voice…This is a series to watch for.” —Washington Post Book World

“Rozan puts a unique spin on her mysteries…she creates a fully realized Manhattan populated with memorable characters.” —Publishers Weekly

“Don't miss this one…The first installment in this series was impressive; subsequent ones just keep getting better and better.” —Booklist