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Winter and Night

(2002)
(Blood Ties)
(The eighth book in the Bill Smith, Lydia Chin series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Edgar Awards Best Novel
Macavity Awards Best Novel
Shamus Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Penzler Pick, January 2002: S.J. Rozan is an author whose reputation and prowess have been growing in tandem. A strong writer in the "newcomers to watch" category back when she published China Trade, her first novel featuring New York sleuths Bill Smith and Lydia Chin, she is now a real player on the scene, poised for bestsellerdom.

The story she tells here takes us out of the gritty five boroughs and onto the New Jersey Turnpike, where Smith's sister Helen lives, in a place called Warrenstown. But did we know Bill even had a sister? Over the course of seven books and several short stories, even Lydia Chin, his partner and best friend, hasn't known this. So what gives?

We learn about Helen Smith Russell through a totally unexpected phone call from a Midtown South police detective, answered by Bill in his Tribeca loft. It seems the cops have his nephew in custody, a 15-year-old runaway who is the son of the sister with whom Bill has not been in touch for 25 years.

Two mysteries are being set up here, but before Rozan is finished, more than even these two will have been followed to their tragic conclusions. Each of the sinister puzzles seems to circle back around to Gary, the frightened nephew, and also to that seemingly straight-arrow suburbia he's fleeing.

Warrenstown, New Jersey, is also where Scott, Gary's dad, grew up. The trouble is that Helen's husband is part of the problem, not the solution. And while Bill, Lydia, and young Gary are trying to expose to fresh air the secrets from the past that keep festering (and killing), the villains (those with a deep interest in preserving reputations, as well as the legendary local football team, at all costs) want nothing more than to stop them.

It may be unusual territory, but S.J. Rozan can now be listed alongside Harlan Coben and Janet Evanovich as writers helping to give New Jersey the right kind of bad name. --Otto Penzler

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Praise for this book

"With WINTER AND NIGHT, SJ Rozan paints with the full palette of the human heart using depth, detail, and nuance of character that I haven't seen since Raymond Chandler. (Yes, I mean it.) Rozan delivers a wonderful mystery that is also a full-bodied novel about the pressures we place on ourselves and loved ones, and how these pressures can crush us." - Robert Crais

"SJ Rozan is, hands-down, one of my favorite crime writers working today. To read her is to experience the kind of pure pleasure that only a master can deliver." - Dennis Lehane


Used availability for S J Rozan's Winter and Night

Hardback Editions

February 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Winter and Night: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel
Author(s): S J Rozan
ISBN: 0-312-24555-6 / 978-0-312-24555-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Blood Ties: (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin)
Author(s): S J Rozan
ISBN: 0-09-193635-7 / 978-0-09-193635-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction)
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April 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Winter and Night: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels)
Author(s): S J Rozan
ISBN: 0-312-98668-8 / 978-0-312-98668-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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April 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Winter and Night
Author(s): S J Rozan
ISBN: 1-250-10033-X / 978-1-250-10033-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
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Audio Editions

October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Winter and Night
Author(s): S J Rozan
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Winter and Night
Author(s): S J Rozan
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Winter and Night: Bill Smith, Lydia Chin, Book 8
Author(s): S J Rozan
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Winter And Night (Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel)
Author(s): S J Rozan
ISBN: 0-7927-3670-2 / 978-0-7927-3670-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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June 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Winter And Night (Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel)
Author(s): S J Rozan
ISBN: 0-7927-3671-0 / 978-0-7927-3671-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Blood Ties: (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin) (Bill Smith / Lydia Chin)
Author(s): S J Rozan
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Winter and Night: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels)
Author(s): S J Rozan
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA