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S J Rozan

USA flag (b.1950)

aka Sam Cabot

SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of fifteen novels and five dozen short stories.  Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for Best Novel and the Edgar for Best Short Story. She’s also the recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award and recently received the Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. BRONX NOIR, a short story anthology SJ edited, was chosen NAIBA “Notable Book of the Year.” She also co-edited, with Jonathan Santlofer, the anthology DARK END OF THE STREET.

Genres: Mystery
Bill Smith, Lydia Chin
   1. China Trade (1994)
   2. Concourse (1995)
   3. Mandarin Plaid (1996)
   4. No Colder Place (1997)
   5. A Bitter Feast (1998)
   6. Stone Quarry (1999)
     aka Bad Blood
   7. Reflecting the Sky (2001)
     aka Blood Rites
   8. Winter and Night (2002)
     aka Blood Ties
   9. The Shanghai Moon (2009)
     aka Trail of Blood
   10. On the Line (2010)
     aka Out For Blood
   11. Ghost Hero (2011)
   12. Paper Son (2019)
   13. The Art of Violence (2020)
   14. Family Business (2021)
   Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case (2011)
   Heartbreak (2012)
   Body English (2012)
   Prosperity Restaurant (2012)
   Birds of Paradise (2012)
   Double-Crossing Delancey (2013)
Series contributed to
Black Cat Weekly (with Ashley-Ruth M Bernier, Hal Charles, Irving Cox Jr, R Austin Freeman, Matthew Hughes, Anne M Scott and George O Smith)
   48. Black Cat Weekly #48 (2022)
Anthologies edited
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1996) : Concourse
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (1998) : No Colder Place
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : No Colder Place
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : Stone Quarry
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : Reflecting the Sky
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : Reflecting the Sky
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (2002) : Reflecting the Sky
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : Winter and Night
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2003) : Winter and Night
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (2003) : Winter and Night
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : Winter and Night
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2010) : The Shanghai Moon
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2010) : The Shanghai Moon
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (2012) : Ghost Hero

S J Rozan recommends
Easy as One Two Three (1999)
(Flap Tucker, book 3)
Phillip DePoy
"Anytime Phillip DePoy wants to bring back Flap Tucker, I'm ready."
Burning Moon (2003)
(Wil Hardesty, book 5)
Richard Barre
"Barre is one terrific writer. His characters are alive, his settings so well-drawn you'll swear you've been there. And you'll want to read some of his sentences over and over, just for the sounds of the words."
Eye for an Eye (2004)
Joel Ross
"A compelling page-turner."
The Coroner's Lunch (2004)
(Dr. Siri Paiboun, book 1)
Colin Cotterill
"The Coroner's Lunch is marvelous. The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves. Sweet but not sappy, offbeat but not self-conscious about it, this book doesn't so much pull you in as open a door and let you walk happily through. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's books will love this one."
The Devotion of Suspect X (2011)
(Detective Galileo, book 1)
Keigo Higashino
"Japanese crime writers excel at many things: one is the slow tightening of the noose that's at the fast-pounding heart of the police procedural. The Devotion of Suspect X is a terrific book in that tradition and it's about time American readers got a crack at it."
One Red Bastard (2012)
(Detective Robert Chow)
Ed Lin
"...[my] favorite new writer in years."
The Frangipani Tree Mystery (2017)
(Crown Colony, book 1)
Ovidia Yu
"A new book by Ovidia Yu is always a treat; a new series is an occasion for rejoicing."
A Cold Day in Hell (2018)
(Cold Case Investigation, book 1)
Lissa Marie Redmond
"Ex-cop Lissa Redmond has a sure hand with police procedure, which should be no surprise. The joy of A Cold Day in Hell comes from her equally sure hand with storytelling. This is a welcome new voice on the crime scene."
Dry County (2019)
Jake Hinkson
"Desire, desperation, and despair collide in Jake Hinkson's bleakly imagined and perfectly rendered vision of small-town Arkansas. Religion, respectability, hope for the future--virtue is the flip side of vice and Hinkson drives that truth sharply home."
Chasing Jack (2020)
Parnell Hall
"Parnell Hall is a pro's pro's pro. No one else creates characters as deftly or puts them in heart-in-your-mouth situations with such economy. Read Chasing Jack once for the joy of it and a second time for a lesson in how thriller writing is done."
Murder in Chianti (2020)
(Tuscan Mystery, book 1)
Camilla Trinchieri
"Engaging characters, a wonderful Tuscan setting, and a tightly plotted mystery. Like a good wine, Nico's story starts out delicious and is sure to reveal even more complexity and nuance over time."
The Ancestor (2020)
Lee Matthew Goldberg
"From the icy opening battle of man vs. wolf, you feel yourself in the hands of a master storyteller and that feeling never lets up."
Tower of Babel (2021)
Michael Sears
"Tower of Babel is so full of New York characters and locations that you'd swear it was written on asphalt. It has no potholes, though, just a fast-moving and, because it involves corrupt politicians and shady real estate developers, completely believable plot. If you live here, you'll love it. If you don't, read it to see what makes us the way we are."
Thief of Souls (2021)
(Inspector Lu Fei Mystery, book 1)
Brian Klingborg
"Brian Klingborg's Thief of Souls offers a wonderful view into the life of a rural town in the orbit of one of China's huge but secondary cities. Klingborg truly understands how Chinese bureaucracies work; at the same time he's a wizard at believable characters, compelling situations, and a propulsive plot. I'm already looking forward to the second book in this series."
This Train (2022)
James Grady
"Writing with the rhythm of a rushing train, James Grady delivers a story you won't see coming, crowded with characters you get to know very well very fast. If ever a book paralleled the experience it depicts, This Train is that book."
A Secret About a Secret (2022)
Peter Spiegelman
"Peter Spiegelman has an extraordinary ability to conjure vivid characters and places with a few perfectly-chosen words. In A Secret About a Secret, he puts that skill to the service of creating a world that is not quite ours (not yet anyway). I couldn't put this book down and was rooting for Myles, its narrator, even while I was a tiny bit horrified at his role in a world that itself is more than a tiny bit horrifying."

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