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Stone quarry
Rozan, S. J.
Personal Author:
First St. Martin's Minotaur edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [1999]

Physical Description:
276 pages ; 25 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Traveling upstate to recover stolen paintings for a reclusive artist, private investigator Bill Smith soon finds his services needed when a hoodlum turns up dead and two teenagers disappear.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The superlatives keep coming for the detective duo of Lydia Chin and Bill Smith, now clearly established as one of the best PI parings in contemporary mystery fiction. This sixth adventure provides yet more proof of that assessment, as Rozan demonstrates again the superior plotting, deft characterizations, and beautiful use of setting that distinguish her series. The action this time moves from Manhattan to upper New York state, where Smith (taking his turn as narrator) owns a secluded country cabin; events are put in motion when Bill is hired by an eccentric local dairy farmer, Eve Colgate, to recover some stolen paintings. There's a catch, of course: Eve is, in fact, the famous reclusive artist, Eva Nouvel, and the paintings are early canvases never before seen. The situation becomes complicated when the theft seems to be related to the disappearance of Jimmy Antonelli, kid brother to Smith's long-time acquaintance, local bar owner Tony. When the murder of a local thug is linked to Jimmy, Smith has his hands full--and calls Lydia for help--trying to recover the paintings, protect Eve's true identity, and find Jimmy before the trigger-happy sheriff does. Rozan handles the complicated plot elegantly, keeping the reader guessing up to the end. And for those interested in Bill and Lydia's personal relationship, there are some tiny steps forward. Crime fiction fans of all kinds--from the coziest to the most hard-boiled--sing the praises of this series; recommend it highly to any mystery readers who aren't yet hooked. Those that are will be standing in line. --Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bill Smith's peaceful, upstate New York cabin retreat in Schoharie is a haven for the New York City PI. But in his sixth adventure, following last year's A Bitter Feast, Schoharie proves as dangerous as any city alley, and Smith needs all his toughness and the help of his partner, Lydia Chin, to handle the violence he confronts. Eve Colgate, a reclusive artist, asks Smith to investigate a theft that included six valuable paintings. At the same time, Smith gets involved in the troubles of Jimmy Antonelli, a kid he'd helped before, and Jimmy's older brother, Tony, who owns Antonelli's bar. When Schoharie's biggest big shot, Mark Sanderson, insists that Smith find his young runaway daughter, the PI has a smorgasbord of crimes on his plate. The pressure intensifies and one or more of Smith's clients may end up dead, so he asks Lydia to join him. Shamus- and Anthony-winner Rozan pushes the action and the plot at an invigorating pace and manages to explore the myriad ways in which violence can warp human relationships. Her sharp descriptions of upstate New York's idyllic scenery and struggling farmers form a striking background for her hard-edged hero and his barely concealed soft spot. This is a first-rate mystery that bolsters Rozan's already solid reputation and should win her new fans. Agent, Steve Axelrod. Author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

While visiting his country retreat, series private investigator Bill Smith (A Bitter Feast) gets involved in another case: he promises to find several unsigned paintings stolen from a reclusive celebrated artist who wishes to remain incognito. Back in New York City, partner Lydia Chin assists as usual, offering her trademark banter along with news of any unexpected appearances on the New York art scene. Smith's investigation, which impinges upon a murder at his friend's barÄblamed on his friend's missing sonÄultimately leads to a prize local scumbag and beyond. Solid plotting, exceptional characters, and well-crafted prose recommend this to most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.