Art of Violence

Art of Violence

My favorite hardboiled writer working today.  S.J. Rozan's Lydia Chin/Bill Smith novels feature characters you'll love, snappy banter, and intricate, beautifully constructed plots.  Art of Violence offers all this plus sharp observations about the New York art scene. Tragically, Rozan's publishers have worked overtime to make earlier titles in this series difficult of find -- we'd stock, recommend and sell all of them if we could -- but you can pick up this thirteenth in the series without missing a beat.

- Jim Huang, Bookshop Director


In the latest mystery from S. J. Rozan, Bill Smith and Lydia Chin must track down a serial killer stalking women in New York's contemporary art scene.


Former client Sam Tabor, just out of Greenhaven after a five-year homicide stint, comes to Bill Smith with a strange request. A colossally talented painter whose parole was orchestrated by art world movers and shakers, Sam's convinced that since he's been out he's killed two women. He doesn't remember the killings but he wants Smith, one of the few people he trusts, to investigate and prove him either innocent or guilty.


NYPD detective Angela Grimaldi thinks Sam's "a weirdo." Smith has no argument with that: diagnosed with a number of mental disorders over the years, Sam self-medicates with alcohol, loses focus (except when he's painting), and has few friends. But Smith doesn't think that adds up to serial killer. He enlists Lydia Chin to help prove it.


Smith and Chin delve into the world surrounding Sam Tabor, including his brother, two NYPD detectives, and various other artists, dealers, collectors, curators, and art connoisseurs. No answers appear. Evidence is found and lost again. And more bodies turn up.


Sam Tabor might be just a crazy artist. But someone is killing people in his orbit. If not Sam, who? Why? And who will be next?

Publication Date: 
December 1, 2020