S. J. Rozan

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S. J. Rozan
S.J. Rozan and Kent Krueger playing basketball at the 2006 Bouchercon in Madison, Wisconsin.jpg
Rozan, left, playing in annual basketball game at '06 Bouchercon. (Kent Krueger also shown)    
Born 1950
Bronx, New York
Pen name Sam Cabot
Occupation Writer
Education B.A., M.Arch.
Alma mater Oberlin College
SUNY at Buffalo
Period 1990 to Present
Genre Detective fiction, thrillers
Notable works Absent Friends
Winter and Night
Notable awards
  • Anthony (1998)
  • Dilys (2012)
  • Edgar (2002, 2003)
  • Macavity (2003)
  • Maltese Falcon-Japan (2009)
  • Nero (2003)
  • Shamus (1996, 2002)


S. J. Rozan is an architect and award-winning American writer of detective fiction and thrillers, based in New York City. She also co-writes a paranormal thriller series under the pseudonym Sam Cabot with Carlos Dews.[1]

Life and career[edit]

S.J. (Shira Judith) Rozan was born in 1950 in the Bronx, New York. She grew up with two sisters and a brother, and has a passion for basketball. She graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor's degree, and received a master's in architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo She is a lifelong New Yorker and currently lives in Lower Manhattan.[2][3][4][5]

Before her career as an architect, Rozan also worked as a janitor, in jewelry sales, painting houses, book sales, bread baking, as an advertising copywriter, and as a self-defense instructor.[6] As an architect, she became project manager for a New York firm[7] working on socially useful projects. She said, "That life was exactly what I wanted, but it wasn't making me happy...So I decided to go back to this idea I'd had of writing a crime novel."[8]

Rozan's books are set in New York City or start out there. Her P.I. series features Lydia Chin and Bill Smith, and the books alternate point of view between the two characters.[9] About them she has revealed, "Lydia is me as I was when I was her age. She’s optimistic and full of energy. She believes that the world can be saved...Bill, on the other hand, is me as I am now—on a bad day. He’s been through enough bad stuff in his life that he knows what can’t be done."[10]

In 2013 she co-authored a book with Carlos Dews under the name Sam Cabot. This book was set in Rome and is the first in a series of historical thrillers.[11] In addition to crime novels, since 2004, Rozan has written haiku that she posts each weekend to her blog. They are composed as she makes observations, but aren't written down until she gets home.[12]

Rozan speaks, lectures, and teaches widely, including in January 2003 as an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland;[13] as a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Fall 2006;[14] at the 2009 National Book Festival;[13] speaking about "Every Story Is a Mystery" at the Central Library in Indianapolis in October 2009;[15] as keynote speaker at the California Crime Writers Conference in June 2011;[16] in Fall 2011 as an instructor at the New York Crime Fiction Academy;[17] as a Writer-in-Residence at Singapore Management University in February 2014;[18] as Author-in-Residence & Guest Instructor at 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp;[19] and during summers in Assisi, Italy at Art Workshop International as a Writing Instructor.[20] She gives freely of her time to other writers as shown by acknowledgments in, among others, the following referenced books:[21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]


Lydia Chin / Bill Smith Series[edit]

Standalone novels/chapters[edit]

Writing as Sam Cabot[edit]

Sam Cabot books are co-written with Carlos Dews

Short story collections[edit]

  • A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (2009), Crippen & Landru. ISBN 978-1-932009-89-7 A volume of nine previously published short stories:
     "Film at Eleven" · "Hoops" · "Seeing the Moon" · "Passline" · "Night Court" · "Subway" · "A Tale About a Tiger" · "Childhood" · "Double-Crossing Delancey"
  • Building and Other Stories (2011). An e-book collection of seven previously published short stories:
     "Building" · "Night Court" · "Going Home" · "Silverfish" · "Seeing the Moon" · "I Seen That" · "Sunset"

Short stories[edit]

  • "Heartbreak" ·smith· (e-book single available)[34]
    P.I. Magazine, Winter 1990, Vol.3 No.1, pp. 16–21.
  • "Once Burned" ·smith; chin·
    P.I. Magazine, Winter 1991, Vol.4 No.1, pp. 18–26.
          also in: Lethal Ladies (1996), ed. Barbara Collins & Robert J. Randisi
  • "Prosperity Restaurant" ·chin· (e-book single available)
    The Fourth Woman Sleuth Anthology (1991), ed. Irene Zahava, pp. 111–135. ISBN 0-89594-521-5
          also in: Lethal Ladies II (1998), ed. Christine Matthews & Robert J. Randisi
  • "Hot Numbers" ·smith·
    P.I. Magazine, Spring 1992, Vol.5 No.1, pp. 16–23.
  • "Body English" ·chin; smith· (e-book single available)
    Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1992, Vol.37 No.12, pp. 24–41.
          also in: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense (2006), ed. Linda Landrigan
          and in: Women of Mystery II (1994), ed. Cynthia Manson
  • "Film at Eleven" ·chin·
    Deadly Allies II (1994), ed. Robert J. Randisi & Susan Dunlap, pp. 202–229. ISBN 0-385-42468-X
          also in: A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
  • "Birds of Paradise" ·smith· (e-book single available)
    Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1994, Vol.39 No.13, pp. 142–154.
          also in: Wild Crimes (2004), ed. Dana Stabenow
  • "Hoops" ·smith·
    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January 1996, Vol.107 No.1, pp. 40–68.
        nominated: 1997 Edgar Award, Best Short Story
          also in: The Year’s 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories; Sixth Annual Ed (1997), ed. Joan Hess, Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg
          and in: The Best American Mystery Stories 1997, ed. Robert B. Parker & Otto Penzler
          and in: Crime After Crime (1999), ed. Joan Hess, Martin H. Greenberg & Ed Gorman
          and in: Crème de La Crime (2000), ed. Janet Hutchings
          and in: A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
  • "Subway" ·chin·
    Vengeance Is Hers (1997), ed. Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins, pp. 225–252. ISBN 0-451-19198-6
          also in: A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
  • "A Tale about a Tiger" ·chin; smith· (e-book single available)
    Sounds Like Murder, Vol VI (1999), ed. Otto Penzler. (audio cassette) ISBN 0375402063
          also in:
    Criminal Records (2000), ed. Otto Penzler
          and in:
    A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
  • "Cooking the Hounds" (e-book single available)
    Canine Crimes (1998), presented by Jeffrey Marks, pp. 145–154. ISBN 0-345-42411-5
  • "Hunting for Doyle" (e-book single available)
    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 1999, Vol.113 No.5, pp. 58–63.
  • "Childhood" ·smith·
    Compulsion, e-book; Mightywords.com, (Sept 2000).
          also in: The World’s Finest Mystery & Crime Stories; Second Annual Collection (2001), ed. Ed Gorman
  • "Marking the Boat" ·chin·
    The Shamus Game (The Private Eye Writers of America Presents) (2000), ed. Robert J. Randisi, pp. 1–38. ISBN 0-451-20129-9
  • "The Grift of the Magi"
    commissioned by Otto Penzler, who gifted his bookshop clients. LCCN 2001281539
          also in: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop (2010), ed. Otto Penzler
  • "Motormouth"
    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, April 2001, Vol.117 No.4, pp. 60–61.
  • "Double-Crossing Delancey" ·chin· (e-book single available)
    Mystery Street (The Private Eye Writers of America Presents) (2001), ed. Robert J. Randisi, pp. 278–310. ISBN 0-451-20436-0
     won: 2002 Edgar Award, Best Short Story
        nominated: 2002 Anthony Award, Best Short Fiction
          also in: The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories; Third Annual Collection (2002) ed. Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg
          and in: A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
  • "Going Home"
    The Mysterious North (2002), ed. Dana Stabenow, pp. 169–175. ISBN 0-451-20742-4
          also in: The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction (2004), ed. Deane Mansfield-Kelley & Lois A. Marchino
            and Death by Pen: The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction from Poe to Paretsky (2007), ed. Mansfield-Kelley & Marchino
          and in: Building and Other Stories (collection of stories)
  • "The Last Kiss"
    Dangerous Women (2005), ed. Otto Penzler, pp. 281–290. ISBN 0-89296-004-3
  • "Passline"
    Murder in Vegas: New Crime Tales of Gambling and Desperation (2005), ed. Michael Connelly, pp. 19–30. ISBN 0-765-30739-1
          also in: A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
  • "Shots" ·smith·
    Murder at the Foul Line: Original Tales of Hoop Dreams and Deaths from Today’s Great Writers (2006), ed. Otto Penzler, pp. 264–306. ISBN 0-89296-016-7
  • "Building"
    Manhattan Noir (2006), ed. Lawrence Block, pp. 196–212. ISBN 1-888451-95-5
        nominated: 2007 Edgar Award, Best Short Story
          also in: Building and Other Stories (collection of stories)
          and in: New York City Noir: The Five Borough Collection (2012)
  • "The Next Nice Day"
    Deadly Housewives (2006), ed. Christine Matthews, pp. 199–205, plus Afterword. ISBN 0-06-085327-1
  • "Sunset"
    Hardboiled Brooklyn (2006), ed. Reed Farrel Coleman, pp. 85–96. ISBN 1-932557-17-2
          also in: Building and Other Stories (collection of stories)
  • "Hothouse"
    Bronx Noir (2007), edited SJR, pp. 177–190. ISBN 978-1-933354-25-5
          also in: The Best American Mystery Stories 2008, ed. George Pelecanos & Otto Penzler
          and in: New York City Noir: The Five Borough Collection (2012)
  • "Undocumented"
    A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007), ed. Megan Abbott, pp. 288–298. ISBN 978-0-9792709-9-4
  • "Seeing the Moon" (jack lee) (e-book single available)
    On a Raven’s Wing: New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe (2009), ed. Stuart M. Kaminsky, pp. 303–327. ISBN 978-0-06-169042-6
          also in: A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
          and in: By Hook or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime + Mystery Stories of the Year (2010), ed. Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg
          and in: Building and Other Stories (collection of stories)
  • "Silverfish"
    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2009, Vol.133 Nos.3&4, pp. 76–83.
          also in: Building and Other Stories (collection of stories)
  • "Night Court"
    MWA Presents The Prosecution Rests: New Stories about Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law (2009), ed. Linda Fairstein, pp. 326–332. ISBN 978-0-316-01252-2
          also in: A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events (collected stories)
          and in: Building and Other Stories (collection of stories)
  • "Cold, Hard Facts"
    Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder (2009), ed. Elizabeth George, pp. 313–325. ISBN 978-0-06-135033-7
  • "I Seen That"
    Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense (2009), ed. Gary R. Bush & Chris Everheart, pp. 243–245. ISBN 978-1-932472-85-1
          also in: Building and Other Stories (collection of stories)
  • "Daybreak"
    The Dark End of the Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime (2010), co-edited with Jonathan Santlofer, pp. 247–257. ISBN 978-1-59691-683-8
  • "Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case" (ma chin) (e-book single available)
    Damn Near Dead 2 (2010), ed. Bill Crider, pp. 229–240. ISBN 978-1-935415-40-4
          also in: The Best American Mystery Stories 2011, ed. Harlan Coben & Otto Penzler
  • "Iterations"
    MWA Presents The Rich and the Dead (2011), ed. Nelson DeMille, pp. 295–308. ISBN 978-0-446-55587-6
  • "The Path"
    Home Improvement: Undead Edition - All-new tales of hauned home repair and surreal estates (2011), ed. Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner, pp. 211–236. ISBN 978-0-441-02035-5
  • "The Men with the Twisted Lips"
    A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2011), ed. Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger, pp. 44–59. ISBN 978-0-8129-8246-6
  • "New Day Newark"
    New Jersey Noir (2011), ed. Joyce Carol Oates, pp. 61–75. ISBN 978-1-61775-034-2
  • "Occupy This!"
    Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes (2012), ed. Gary Phillips, pp. 85–94. ISBN 978-1-937495-22-0
  • "Hero"
    The Green Hornet: Still At Large! (2012), ed. Joe Gentile, Win Scott Eckert & Matthew Baugh, pp. 1–13. ISBN 978-1-936814-30-5
  • "Lighthouse"
    Staten Island Noir (2012), ed. Patricia Smith, pp. 233–252. ISBN 978-1-61775-129-5
          also in: New York City Noir: The Five Borough Collection (2012)
          and in: USA Noir: The Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013), ed. Johnny Temple
  • "Golden Chance"
    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2012, Vol.140 No.6, pp. 2–17.
          also in: EQMM's Fiction Podcasts, Episode 44[35] (49:34), posted April 1, 2013, read by author
  • "Escape Velocity"
    Ride 2: More short fiction about bicycles (2012), ed. Keith Snyder, pp. 1–13. ISBN 978-0-9835515-5-3
  • "Falconer"[36]
    Mondays Are Murder: Akashic Books website, May 6, 2013.
  • "Kena Sai"
    Singapore Noir (2014), ed. Cheryl Lu-lien Tan, pp. 109–122. ISBN 978-1-617752-35-3
  • Dark City Lights: New York Stories (2015), ed. Lawrence Block. ISBN 978-1-941110-22-5


  • 211 Haiku (September 2012) - An e-book collection of 211 selected works, from 2004–2011, that follows a calendar year cycle[37]

Non-fiction essays and articles[edit]

  • "The Private Eye: An American Hero" (2009), Crippen & Landru, 8 p. pamphlet. OCLC 672293661 (Collection of three columns, edited, written for the Private Eye Writers of America)
    From inside back cover: "Two hundred twenty-five copies were printed to accompany the limited edition of A Tale About a Tiger and Other Mysterious Events, and are not for sale separately."
  • "Who Is Silverman, What Is She?", In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero (2012), ed. Otto Penzler, Smart Pop, pp. 163–172. ISBN 978-1-935618-57-7
  • "Part 2: Tips and Tales: Categorisation and its discontents", The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012), eds. Michelle Spring & Laurie R. King, Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 150–153. ISBN 978-1-4081-3122-0
  • "True confessions by John Gregory Dunne (1977)", Books to Die For (2012), eds. John Connolly & Declan Burke, Hodder & Stoughton, pp. 421–426. ISBN 978-1-444-75650-0


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  3. ^ Ashley, Mike (Ed.) Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction, Constable & Robinson, 2002, p. 424. ISBN 1-84119-287-2
  4. ^ Lindsay, Elizabeth Blakesley "Great Women Mystery Writers" (2nd ed.), Greenwood Press, 2007, p. 227. ISBN 0-313-33428-5
  5. ^ "Crime Fiction Academy Faculty". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Jon (January 5, 2002). "Interview with S. J. Rozan". Books 'n' Bytes. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "S.J. Rozan Builds Her Case". CBS News. November 25, 1998. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Faculty". Art Workshop International. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  21. ^ Kaufman, Thomas Steal the Show, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2011. ISBN 978-0-312-54632-8
  22. ^ Knutson, Andrea American Spaces of Conversion: The Conductive Imaginaries of Edwards, Emerson, and James, Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-537092-8
  23. ^ Zelvin, Elizabeth Death Will Help You Leave Him, Minotaur, 2009. ISBN 978-0-312-58266-1
  24. ^ Cohen, Gabriel. Storms Can't Hurt the Sky: A Buddhist Path Through Divorce, Da Capo Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-60094-050-7
  25. ^ Harris, Charlaine All Together Dead, Ace, 2007. ISBN 978-0-441-01494-1
  26. ^ Qiu Xiaolong A Case of Two Cities, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006. ISBN 978-0-312-35985-0
  27. ^ Torres, Steven. Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico: Book Four, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006. ISBN 978-0-312-32111-6
  28. ^ Hughes, Robert J. Late and Soon: A Novel, Carroll & Graf, 2005. ISBN 0-7867-1588-X
  29. ^ Santlofer, Jonathan Color Blind: A Novel of Suspense, William Morrow, 2004. ISBN 0-06-054104-0
  30. ^ Bowen, Rhys For the Love of Mike, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003. ISBN 0-312-31300-4
  31. ^ Raphael, Lawrence W. Criminal Kabbalah, Jewish Lights Pub, 2001. ISBN 1-58023-109-8
  32. ^ Savage, Tom The Inheritance, Dutton Adult, 1998. ISBN 0525944230
  33. ^ Sobin, Roger M. (Ed.) The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians (2007 ed.), Poisoned Pen Press, 2007, p. 59. ISBN 978-1-59058-457-6
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  35. ^ ""Golden Chance" (short story)". PodOmatic. April 1, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Falconer (short story)". Akashic Books: Mondays Are Murder. May 6, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  37. ^ Rozan, S.J. (September 22, 2012). "More haiku for you". Rozan's Blog. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 

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