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On the Line

On the Line

A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel

Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels (Volume 10)

S. J. Rozan

Minotaur Books




P.I. Bill Smith is sent on a high stakes chase when an electronically modified voice on his cell phone informs him that Lydia Chin, his occasional partner, has been kidnapped. Now if Bill wants to keep Lydia alive, he'll have to play an elaborate game of the kidnapper's devising. The first move sends him to an abandoned building where Bill finds the corpse of a small Chinese woman dressed like Lydia and the building being rapidly surrounded by police. Now Bill is on the run from the cops and in the worst trouble of his very troubled life. With the help of Lydia's hacker cousin Linus, and Linus's cohort Trella, Bill has to not only stay one step ahead of the cops, he has to uncover the secret behind the kidnapper's identity and the reason he's come after Bill, if he's to reach Lydia before it's too late.



Crashing dark chords smothered the cell phone's impertinent chirp, but the ringtone was "Ride of the Valkyries," so it penetrated, and I stopped. I was learning a Brahms sonata. After weeks it had started to come together into something...


Praise for On the Line

“Exciting ... Some neat twists keep the reader guessing to the surprise kick ending.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fast-paced and clever, with zippy dialogue and suspenseful chase scenes, this lively thriller will leave you breathless and giddy.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

“All the twists you'd expect from Rozan.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A high-velocity entry in a reliable series.” —Booklist

“If you long for heart-stopping action and ... original characters ... look no further.” —Library Journal

In the Press

At the start of Edgar-winner Rozan's exciting 10th novel featuring New York City PIs Bill Smith and Lydia Chin (after 2009's The Shanghai Moon), Bill receives a phone call from someone using Lydia's c - Publishers Weekly

Read the Kirkus Review of ON THE LINE . Lydia Chin's been kidnapped, and Bill Smith has only 12 action-packed hours to find her. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

S. J. Rozan

S.J. ROZAN is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, most recently The Shanghai Moon, and has won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards. She lives in New York.

S. J. Rozan

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