Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/05/23
ISBN 9781639365258
Trim Size / Pages 6 x 9 in / 288

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The Mayors of New York

A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Mystery

S. J. Rozan

The new crime novel from the award-winning S. J. Rozan, where private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith find themselves thrust into the mystery behind the disappearance of the teenage son of the mayor of New York.

In January, New York City inaugurates its first female mayor. In April, her son disappears.

Called in by the mayor's chief aide—a former girlfriend of private investigator Bill Smith’s—to find the missing fifteen-year-old, Bill and his partner, Lydia Chin, are told the boy has run away. Neither the press nor the NYPD know that he’s missing, and the mayor wants him back before a headstrong child turns into a political catastrophe. But as Bill and Lydia investigate, they turn up more questions than answers.

Why did the boy leave? Who else is searching for him, and why? What is his twin sister hiding?

Then a teen is found dead and another is hit by gunfire. Are these tragedies related to each other, and to the mayor's missing son?

In a desperate attempt to find the answer to the boy's disappearance before it's too late, Bill and Lydia turn to the only contacts they think will be able to help: the neighborhood leaders who are the real ‘mayors’ of New York.

S. J. Rozan has won multiple awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, the Japanese Maltese Falcon, and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. S. J. was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in lower Manhattan.

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Endorsements & Reviews

"Rozan allows the Big Apple to shine by depicting its diversity and the many 'mayors' that rule the city’s neighborhoods, from Chinatown to upscale enclaves in the Bronx. The characterizations are brilliant, and Bill’s voice narrating is a total delight." Booklist, starred review
"PIs Smith and Chin tackle a pair of hot potato mysteries in Edgar winner Rozan’s excellent 15th outing for the duo. Rozan has never been better at quip-filled dialogue that Rex Stout would be proud of, and once again excels at evoking the tangled power dynamics of contemporary New York City. This superior series shows no sign of losing steam." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Lydia Chin and Bill Smith hit the big time, in good ways and bad, when they’re hired by New York City’s mayor—at least, the official one. As usual, Rozan is less interested in hiding the culprits than in providing a consistently brisk and illuminating tour of the city, gently probing the underside of any number of rocks, and supplying a triple-barreled climax that will answer all your questions and then some. Professional-grade work from two of the best private eyes on the scene."

Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery series:
"Rozan’s series about Lydia Chin and Bill Smith has always stretched the boundaries of private detective mysteries, showing how these novels can delve into the issues that touch our lives. Family Business is a superior addition to an outstanding series.” Oline Cogdill, The Sun Sentinel
"Rozan evokes the milieu perfectly, while smoothly integrating current debates over neighborhood development into an intricate plot. This is another triumph for this talented author." Publishers Weekly (starred)
“An open coffin in a flower-filled room, an urn for offerings and another for sticks of incense, chanting monks, and black-suited gangsters. The novel is absolutely brilliant. Family Business offers an intricate puzzle, to be read carefully, from the award-winning Rozan." Booklist (starred)
“Blood and the blues are cooking down on the Delta in the triumphant return of Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. Rozan’s Paper Son is crawfish pie full of surprises served up by this master of the PI genre.” Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break
“Once again, S. J. Rozan proves why she is the consummate pro. Not only one hell of a detective book, the story also takes on a hidden gem of Southern culture—Chinese history in the Mississippi Delta. Rozan continues to entertain with this wonderful series by taking us deep into the most unexpected and fascinating worlds. I have no doubt she’s walked these Mississippi backroads.” Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Sinners and Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic
“Rozan elegantly weaves the web of old secrets, the complexities of race, family loyalties and family history, ancient tangled roots that can turn out to have deadly consequences generations later, into a dazzling narrative. Paper Son is as compelling as it is entertaining. This is the triumphant return of a consummate pro.” Open Letters Review