From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 21 Nov 2003

Hi Ed,

> I finally got around to reading the SJ Rozan novel, REFLECTING
> THE SKY (2001). This one features her PI duo, Lydia Chin and
> Bill Smith, operating in exotic Hong Kong. The narrative is
> told from Lydia's First Person POV. The cigarette-smoking Bill
> is the hardboiled character and he gets in a few hb lines. The
> book's strengths, IMHO, are the lyrical descriptions, good
> plotting, and credible characterization. The details about Hong
> Kong setting are interesting.
> I understand the Bill Smith series uses a more hardboiled voice.
> Any comments/reactions are welcomed.

In an interesting bit of serendipity, I'm currently working my way through S.J. Rozan's WINTER AND NIGHT (2002), for which she won the Edgar. I decided to give it a try after encountering her in person at Bouchercon last month, and listening to her thoughts on writing, etc., in a couple of panels. So far, I'm not remotely disappointed. She's a good writer, and Bill Smith is a terrific character.

All in all a very satisfying read!

All the Best,

Brian Thornton

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