Trail of Blood, Paperback Book
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A LETHAL INHERITANCE...China, 1938. Eighteen-year-old Rosalie Gilder flees Nazi-occupied Austria with her younger brother.

Hidden among their belongings are a few precious family heirlooms, their only protection against the hard times that await them as they join Shanghai's growing population of Jewish refugees.

New York, present day. Chinese-American detective Lydia Chin is hired by an old friend to investigate the recent theft of a cache of holocaust assets, thought to once belong to the Gilders.

However, before she makes much headway, her friend is shot dead.

Neither Lydia nor her partner, Bill, believe the NYPD's theory that his death was a robbery gone bad.

Both fear they are no longer looking for a thief but a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to reclaim the past...Please note: this novel was originally published in the US as THE SHANGHAI MOON


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780091936365

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This is one of the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series of books. I haven't read any of the previous books, but it doesn't matter as this book works well as a stand-alone read. Lydia and Bill are private investigators in New York, and in this story they are hired by a Holocaust asset recovery lawyer to look for some missing jewellery which belonged to a Jewish refugee. There follows lots of twists and turns as the investigators try to uncover the full story behind the jewellery. I very much enjoyed this book, and the characters in it. The story is a bit unusual, being a detective story focused on finding answers rather than solving murders (although there are murders to be solved). I felt the book might have been a little bit too long, but on the whole it's a very readable and exciting novel, with a bit of history thrown in.

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