Image of The Shanghai Moon: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels)

THE SHANGHAI MOON

Image of The Shanghai Moon: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels)
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After seven years, P.I.s Lydia Chin and Bill Smith are back, and it was worth the wait. The emotionally compelling and intricately plotted mystery swings back and forth between today and World War II, sweeping readers into the present-day investigation and, thanks to letters and diaries, characters from the past. But what makes this book a winner are Bill and Lydia. Bill did her wrong for what he thought were the right reasons and he hopes she'll forgive him.

Lydia returns home to New York, still unclear why her partner and close friend Bill has gone AWOL from her life. Another associate asks for help tracking stolen jewels that might include the Shanghai Moon, a piece of jewelry whose legend dates back to WWII, providing a welcome distraction.

The investigation is barely under way when Lydia is fired from the case and Bill reappears. Being fired doesn't deter these two, who realize the answer to what's happening now lies with the Shanghai Moon. But it quickly becomes obvious that someone is working diligently to make sure they find no answers. (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Feb., 384 pp., $24.95)
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Sandra Garcia-Myers