S J Rozan's Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series has been a long-time favorite at Murder By The Book. Well-written, full of heart, and unafraid of social issues - often the driving force in PI literature - Rozan is a master of the genre.
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?
The first in the VI Warshawski series, Sara's Chicago PI series is gritty, timely and was ground-breaking at the time of publication. Often overshadowed by Sue Grafton, this series is not to be missed.
Another series that is beautifully written, dealing with politically-sensitive issues, this pair of Esa Khattak and Rachel Ghetty investigate in Toronto and play beautifully off one another. McKenna's highest recommendation!