As one of my fantasies is to h Wow, what an amazing book. As one of my fantasies is to have my own cabin that I can flit off to whenever for extended periods of time, this resonated. I think way too many things happened, and at times, the book read as what I might have seen in s hardboiled fare, but everything else made up for it. Great book. And soon, I'll get to talk to S. Rozan about it. Dec 31, Hallie rated it really liked it.
By far the bleakest of the books - up to where I've read, at any rate! Most of it is seeing more of Bill's misery his tragedy is THE tragedy above all others for me, just about and his serious drinking problem as a result. Of course the mystery was sad and awful too, but nowhere near beyond toler By far the bleakest of the books - up to where I've read, at any rate!
Of course the mystery was sad and awful too, but nowhere near beyond tolerable. Apr 07, Kathy rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , action , detective-bounty-hunter. The process of mastering a musical piece as his process for feeling order in the world. Characters — Eve Colgate — farmer, independent, contained aka Eve Nouvel — artist. In her youth, when making a name for herself, her husband told her he was having an affair with another woman and she was pregnant. They were drinking, Eve was driving, and she crashed the car killing her husband — and partly convinced she killed him on purpose.
She painted 6 paintings, and then crated them. Bill Smith- he has a cabin in upstate New York — since the time of his wife and daughter — His daughter died in a car accident was he driving? Did I miss that sentence in a previous book? He has a friend in Tony, the local bar owner — and in his younger brother Jimmy, for whom he was a bit of a father figure and whom he assisted to get out of legal trouble the year before. Jimmy Antonelli — young, wild, wanting to take risks and prove himself, knows cars — gets in with the wrong crowd. Currently being set up again. When she dumped him for a rougher, tougher guy , he confessed all — she kicked him out, but is helping him when he hides when he hears about the trouble.
Mark Sanderson — local big guy — owns a profitable baby food company, known to throw his weight around, has a wild, 16 year old daughter whom he cannot control. He killed his wife who was sleeping with lots of men , and calls in Grice a thug sometimes used to help him cover it up. Grice then blackmails him into partnering with him to buy up land that Sanderson can manipulate the government to use for their gas line… stand to make millions.
Ginny Sanderson — rebellious, angry, out to hurt her father. Bill identifies her as the one pawning some of the other belongings. Frank spends a couple of days with her… but then kills her and dumps her body in the quarry, with her mother. He helped the local big man, Sanderson when Sanderson killed his wife, and now is blackmailing him with it. Hmmmm — Bill works to figure out how the pieces fit — why frame Billy? Why steal from Eva? How does Ginny fit in? What is Jimmy hiding?
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They do, of course, work it all out, and restore the paintings to Eva without anyone but Bill seeing them, and only Lydia knowing of them. A step forward, a step back He finally gets her to town to watch over Eva — and tells her all. But not before she tells him that his taking this case in this neck of the woods without warning her about it — and she tells him she questions whether he is truly wanting to make a commitment to their partnership — both professional and potential personal. It was only when you tried to look around, to get your bearings, that you noticed that five yards away in all directions there was absolutely nothing at all.
She stopped at the small silver-framed photo. She picked it up in both hands, looked at it silently, then looked over at me; but I was busy with cups, spoons, and teabags, and I let her look pass. Oct 07, Carol rated it really liked it. I was glad when Lydia came along but the violence didn't stop.
Good mystery though. Apr 25, Janice rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense. One of my favorites in this series despite a slight overload of violence and language. As always the supporting characters were interesting; some of them to the point where I wouldn't mind meeting them again.
Apr 21, Joy rated it really liked it Shelves: really-great-characters. I do very much enjoy this series. I like how they trade off between Lydia's point of view and Bill's point of view. This was Bill's story, and it was a good one. Mar 05, jimtown rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , series. I need to update my booklist soon as I couldn't find any of those on my list at the library today. I looked around and saw lots of maybes.
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Maybe it was something in the description that got my attention. This wasn't a something I would ordinarily have on my reading list but it was a pleasant surprise. Rozan's writing style eased me into want I need to update my booklist soon as I couldn't find any of those on my list at the library today. Rozan's writing style eased me into wanting to read his book from the very first page. Interesting characters that seem worth getting to know better through the other books in the series. I especially enjoyed the parts of the story that included Eve and Lydia. Two totally different types each equally intriguing.
Eve is a reclusive artist living and working under a different name so her fame is not readily known. When some of her private paintings are stolen, she wants them back before anyone finds out who she is, where the paintings came from and how much they might or might not be worth. I enjoyed seeing a hint of closeness develop between Eve and Bill that looks like might be further explored in a later book. Lydia, is spicy, sweet, sassy, sexy and spunky and reads Bill like a book after several years of working with him.
The light bantering back and forth between them is sweetly amusing. The plot was pretty good, different and interesting although I think it was the characters that kept me reading. One thing that struck me in this book was how much abuse the human body can take and still survive, heal and keep on going.
I would read more of this series without hesitation. Jun 28, E. Lindley rated it it was amazing. I love S. Stone Quarry is the turn of Bill, who is something of an enigma. There are hints of a troubled past and his relationship with Lydia is complex and each of his stories see, both us and his partner, removing another layer of mystery in order to get to the essence of who he is. Bill is a fabulously engaging character. He's a tough lone wolf and, with his chain smoking and h I love S.
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He's a tough lone wolf and, with his chain smoking and heavy drinking, most definitley old school. His contrast with Lydia couldn't be more stark and yet somehow their partnership works. This novel is particularly satisfying because it takes us to Bill's cabin in rural upstate New York, a place where he likes to retreat when city life becomes too much. An artist who lives in the area hires him to locate some stolen property and mayhem ensues.
There is no denying that the plot is fast paced and exciting but, for me, that was secondary to the pleasure of being introduced to Bill's friends, people who he has known for eighteen years. It is through his relationships with these people that we get a glimpse of the real Bill, the one beneath the tough, wise cracking exterior. I loved this novel and found myself going to bed earlier and earlier just so that I could read it.
If you like a good old fashioned crime story, where the line between the good guys and the criminals is not always well defined, then give this one a go. Oct 15, Patti rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of S. Rozan, and of PI novels. Shelves: reread , signed , i-own-this-book , mystery , read-in This book is a reread for me, as I started re-reading through S. Rozan's books last year. Wow, I remembered close to nothing about this book, and it was excellent. I love Bill Smith, and I like how he works. He did get beat up, or at least hit, a few too many times for me, but didn't recover like some superman PIs do.
He was able to work through the pain, looking at the problem from all angles, and also bringing in his partner Lydia Chin, for another viewpoint. I also liked the title, referrin This book is a reread for me, as I started re-reading through S. I also liked the title, referring to an actual quarry that exists in the book, and also to what all detectives are searching for, the quarry that solves the mystery.
FYI, despite the 5 stars, this won't be on my "Best of " list, as that list only includes new reads for me in the current year--just my own little rule. Dec 07, Kirsty Darbyshire added it. May 31, Susan rated it liked it. Bill Smith is off to his cabin in upstate New York, where he is approached by Eve, a reclusive farm woman, who is actually a famous painter, to recover some of her early paintings that were stolen from her studio. Bill gets involved because he has gotten Jimmy out of trouble Bill Smith is off to his cabin in upstate New York, where he is approached by Eve, a reclusive farm woman, who is actually a famous painter, to recover some of her early paintings that were stolen from her studio.
Bill gets involved because he has gotten Jimmy out of trouble before and is not convinced of his guilt. The plot is satisfyingly complex and the story very well written. Bill has an attitude that gets a little hard to take and unfortunately Lydia does not feature much in the story until near the end.
Nov 04, Dennis Fischman rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , mystery. Well, S. Rozan certainly knows how to build suspense. I tore through this one in a couple of evenings. But I'm sorry to say she's not equally good at endings. There has to be a better way of revealing the truth than having Bill Smith, the narrative voice, gradually tell different parts of it to different people. The bad guys were also sterotypical, and as others have noted here, Bill Smith is just so damaged it's hard to feel for him or know why Lydia Chin does. I sympathize with Lydia's mot Well, S.
I sympathize with Lydia's mother. I'd like to know more about her. Jun 15, Richard Thompson rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , read-alouds , mw This one is set in Upstate New York where Bill retreats from time to his cabin in the woods. This time he goes because a woman who lives in the area wants to hire him to recover some sensitive personal items that have been stolen.
Bill has history in the area and old entanglements soon impinge on the case. Lydia is off stage for most of the book. Another Rozan winner. The wall of the car wash on Third Avenue is a beautiful abstract expressionist painting. When you go around the wall, though, you This one is set in Upstate New York where Bill retreats from time to his cabin in the woods. When you go around the wall, though, you see a huge abandoned quarry that has started to fill up with water. Jun 27, Spuddie rated it it was amazing. Another excellent entry in this series that changes point of view from one book to the next.
This book was from the point of view of PI Bill Smith as he worked two entwined cases in very rural upstate New York where he has a weekend cabin--this is quite a departure from the norm as the other books take place in NYC. His sometime-partner PI Lydia Chin is featured only peripherally, which is what happens to Bill when Lydia is the one telling the story.
Very atmospheric, excellent characters, inter Another excellent entry in this series that changes point of view from one book to the next. Very atmospheric, excellent characters, interesting plots and well-written. What more could you want? Jan 12, Robert Muller rated it it was amazing. Another great entry in the Bill Smith side of the series. The last half of the book I found pretty gripping, very well paced and suspenseful. I must say I agree with other reviewers about Bill Smith's self-destructive instincts, but at least he doesn't brood about them on-screen, so to speak.
We're left with a gap in the story while he's unconscious not really a spoiler if you know Bill Smith at all , but somehow it gets filled in as necessary. I haven't decided whether it's refreshing or not t Another great entry in the Bill Smith side of the series. I haven't decided whether it's refreshing or not to have a couple of PIs who aren't really all that competent, but I enjoy reading about them anyway. Nov 06, Kathleen rated it liked it.
This book started out with a typical big city PI vs a bunch of corrupt bumpkins trope, and really didn't catch my interest until halfway through the story. Lydia played a too small part but the plot resolved in a satisfing manner. I'm looking forward to the next book where Lydia will again be the lead detective. Oct 28, Dina rated it it was ok. This book is fine.
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Reading it created no strong feelings in me, the story was good though one part was a bit too jarring, not in visuals, but in feeling that something happened too suddenly that I thought I had missed something. My reaction to it is that I wouldn't necessarily recommend it but I wouldn't tell someone not to read it. Jun 10, Deb Oestreicher rated it really liked it.
Previous Bill Smith-narrated books have mentioned his place upstate, and this story takes place there. A reclusive neighbor asks Bill to investigate a theft. As if. But before he can find And now the celebrated master of mystery turns her keen eye to the bustling, crowded streets of Hong Kong, where nothing is as it seems Bill Smith's country cabin in upstate New York is far from the city's savage streets--a retreat where a weary P.
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