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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Deadby Sara Gran
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Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection--the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.
The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, the city she's avoided since her mentor, Silette's student Constance Darling, was murdered there. Claire is investigating the disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide-plagued city. Has an angry criminal enacted revenge on Vic? Or did he use the storm as means to disappear? Claire follows the clues, finding old friends and making new enemies--foremost among them Andray Fairview, a young gang member who just might hold the key to the mystery.
"Claire DeWitt can hack into police files, discover hidden evidence, and sort the innocent from the guilty because she's the best detective in the world. And the mix of drugs she samples helps boost her confidence as she scours New Orleans in search of Vic Willing, a district attorney gone missing during Hurricane Katrina. But mostly, this procedural is about Claire shooting off her mouth and her gun in rapid succession. Carol Monda perfectly renders Claire's sarcastic repartee and keeps this tightly paced narrative moving quickly. However, Monda struggles with accents, particularly the distinctive Cajun and Creole dialects of New Orleans. Nonetheless, she does produce a host of voices — some more distinct than others — for the book's many characters and provides narration that is both engaging and entertaining. A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A new series from Sara Gran, "a latter-day Raymond Chandler" (Glamour).
About the Author
SARA GRAN is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Come Closer, a psychological thriller and Dope, a noir homage. A former bookseller and native of Brooklyn who lived in New Orleans during Katrina, she now lives in Northern California.
CAROL MONDA is a two-time Audie® Award-winning narrator, with over 15 years of experience. She is also a veteran actress and voiceover artist for stage, radio, television, and film.
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