THE SHANGHAI MOON
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.
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)