Monday, June 6, 2011

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

Claire DeWitt's whole life has been influenced by a book from a French detective named Jacques Silette called "Detection."  It should be noted that he never located his missing daughter and died unhappily...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It was published on June 2nd, so you can pick up a copy at your local bookstore now.

Claire has sad memories associated with New Orleans, but she needed to get back to work doing private investigations.  She had fallen by wayside after the death of her mentor, and it was time to come back to the real world.  Claire's real world might not be like yours and mine, but it was the best she had.

Claire is tattooed, smokes pot, and drinks.  She can also tell if you are telling her the truth or lying.  And sometimes ghosts talk to her.  So she should be able to find a man missing since Katrina, right?

The author makes her female detective as hardboiled as any of the pulp writers made theirs.  Claire isn't someone you like, but she does get the job done.  Just remember she told you you might not like the answer to your question...

The story is fast paced, full of danger and will show you a side of New Orleans you wouldn't want to find on your own.

Take a walk on the dark side and see what Claire finds...

If you'd like to have the ARC, please leave a comment here on the blog and then email me at info @ with why you'd like to read it and your name AND address for mailing.  I'll pick a winner in about a week.

Happy reading.

1 comment:

SusanB said...

This book sounds like it's just down my alley. Would love to read it.