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Gung Hay Fat Choy!

As some of you might know, I’m working on a new project, something different.* It’s not top secret but it’s hard to explain. You’ll hear about it soon enough. But right now, what you need to know is it’s a novel, set in 1924, in London, with a Chinese narrator — and it contains a lot of kung fu. What do I know about kung fu? Zee-ro. But luckily I found, through a friend, a fabulous consultant. Sifu Paul Koh, of Bo Law Kung Fu here in NYC, is working with me. He’s great, and he invited me to his studio to see their Chinese New Year show. These are highlights. Sifu Koh is the one in the red scarf.

*Lydia and Bill fans, don’t panic, I’m not abandoning them. This is in addition, not instead.

Newsletter, and not mine

Novelist Karen Odden writes seriously thrilling historical thrillers. She also keeps up a monthly newsletter, and this month she features me! Why? Who can say? But check it out, to see her cacti and my cowboy boots. And, you could win a signed copy of FAMILY BUSINESS! Thanks, Karen!

 

Come on down!

Hey, folks! On Thursday Jan. 27, at 6pm ET, I’ll be speaking with the inimitable Jonathan Santlofer in a virtual event with Northshire Books in Saratoga NY. Was hoping to go up there, but Omicron. Still, Jonathan and I can have fun in any format. One hour, plenty of time for Q&A. Tickets are free (or you can get ticket plus book, which is not free) but you need to get them on Eventbrite to get the Zoom link. Come on down!

 

 

Sue Grafton Award Nomination!

Hey, FAMILY BUSINESS has been nominated for the Sue Grafton Award!

“The Sue Grafton Memorial Award honors the Best Novel in a Series featuring a female protagonist who also has the hallmarks of Sue’s writing and Kinsey’s character: a woman with quirks but also with a sense of herself, with empathy but also with savvy, intelligence, and wit.”

While you’re here check out the rest of the Edgar Nominees.

What a stellar bunch!

 

Chinatown, Now and Then

My new Lydia Chin/Bill Smith book, FAMILY BUSINESS, is set in Chinatown and concerns real estate. (Well, this IS New York.) To celebrate we’re showing some (mostly vintage) Chinatown photos here on the blog. This is Pell Street in 1949.

The photographer is Angelo Rizzuto. Related to Phil? Who knows? This is New York.

For more info: https://bit.ly/3H6xINZ

 

Chinatown, Now and Then

My new Lydia Chin/Bill Smith book, FAMILY BUSINESS, is set in Chinatown and concerns real estate. (Well, this IS New York.) To celebrate we’re showing some (mostly vintage) Chinatown photos here on the blog. This Library of Congress photo is from 1903. The shop on this corner, though under a different name, still sells imported porcelains, dolls, toys, etc.

To learn more: https://bit.ly/3H6L10Q

2022 Calendars!

Hey, youse guys (as we say in the Bronx)! The 2022 SJ Rozan Calendars are here! For your gift-giving, including to yourself, pleasure. Extra added attraction: all profits from this year’s calendars will go to Planned Parenthood. Because dammit. Helpful hint: click the link, not the photo.

 

Plant Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella the Cat

Chinatown, now and then

My new Lydia Chin/Bill Smith book, FAMILY BUSINESS, is set in Chinatown and concerns real estate. (Well, this IS New York.) To celebrate we’re showing some (mostly vintage) Chinatown photos here on the blog. (Sorry about the resolution on this one, but it’s a beauty nevertheless.)

 

 

Interior view of tearoom in Chinatown, New York City, N.Y., c1903
Library of Congress

Chinatown, now and then

My new Lydia Chin/Bill Smith book, FAMILY BUSINESS, is set in Chinatown and concerns real estate. (Well, this IS New York.) To celebrate we’re showing some (mostly vintage) Chinatown photos here on the blog.

 

 

View from the Manhattan Bridge along E. Broadway, Manhattan

Vergara, Camilo J., photographer

Chinatown, now and then

My new Lydia Chin/Bill Smith book, FAMILY BUSINESS, is set in Chinatown and concerns real estate. (Well, this IS New York.) To celebrate we’re showing some (mostly vintage) Chinatown photos here on the blog.

 

Store and restaurant in Chinatown, New York, c1903.

Credit: Retrieved from the Library of Congress