The death of a powerful Chinatown crime boss thrusts (beloved) private eye Lydia Chin and her partner Bill Smith into a storm of double-dealing, subterfuge, murder, and New York City real estate scandal in this new mystery by multiple award–winning novelist S. J. Rozan.
Choi has left the Tong headquarters building to his niece, who hires Lydia and her partner, Bill Smith, to accompany her to inspect it. The building is at the center of a tug-of-war between Chinatown preservation interests—including Lydia’s brother Tim—and a real estate developer who’s desperate to get his hands on it.
When Lydia, Bill, and Choi’s niece go to the building, they discover the Tong members are equally divided on the question of whether the niece should hold onto the building, or sell it—and make them rich. Entering Choi’s private living quarters, they find the murdered body of Choi’s chief lieutenant.
The battle for the building has begun. Can Lydia and Bill escape being caught in the crossfire?