Another author I haven't yet read, but one who my wife quite likes - S.J. Rozan.
Rozan aka Sam Cabot has written about a dozen novels in her Bill Smith, Lydia Chin series.
The series started in the 90s with China Trade in 1994. The latest Paper Son was published last year. I think I have a couple of the early ones and these two which are the 7th and 9th. I suppose if I love the first, I might delude myself into thinking I can take on another series and get it read.
Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for Best Novel and the Edgar for Best Short Story. She’s also the recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award and recently received the Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.
New York settings mostly and a couple of PIs - what's not to like?
Blood Rites (2001)
S.J. Rozan's reputation grows with every new installment in her lively series starring the redoubtable Lydia Chin, a twenty-something New York PI and her partner Bill Smith. Here Lydia's venerable family friend Grandfather Gao dispatches the twosome to Hong Kong to deliver a jade amulet to the grandson of Wei Yao-Shi, whose American family knew nothing of the son and heir he left in Asia. A simple assignment quickly turns into a kidnapping, as Chin and Smith make their way through the complex world of triad politics, Asian intrigue, and the smuggling of Chinese antiquities. Along the way, Rozan treats us to an insider's view of Hong Kong; if someone you know is headed in that direction, this would be a great guidebook as well as a diverting plane read.
The relationship between the two protagonists has a nice subtext; there's sufficient sexual tension to spice up the narrative, but not enough to slow down the action. Rozan excels at pacing, and her characters are complex enough to linger in the reader's mind after the last page is turned. This is a standout performance from a writer who ought to break out in the bestseller ranks with this eighth in a series that keeps getting better. --Jane Adams
Trail of Blood (2009)