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New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, consistently writes richly detailed and thoroughly suspenseful novels that bring a distant time and place to brilliant life. Now, in this thrilling new book, King leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age — and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens.

Paris, France: September 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator’s dream — he’s getting paid to troll the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. The American agent has a healthy appreciation for la vie de bohème, despite having worked for years at the U.S. Bureau of Investigation. The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty-two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting. Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down. He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up-and-coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on every rue and boulevard.

As Stuyvesant follows Philippa’s trail through the expatriate community of artists and writers, he finds that she is known to many of its famous — and infamous — inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company’s Sylvia Beach to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer Man Ray. But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn. At the Grand-Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect: depravity as art, savage human nature on stage.

Soon it becomes clear that one missing girl is a drop in the bucket. Here, amid the glittering lights of the cabarets, hides a monster whose artistic coup de grâce is to be rendered in blood. And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer... sifting through The Bones of Paris.

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"Edgar-winner King delivers a sequel to 2008's Touchstone with this impressive mystery set in 1929 Paris. In the arresting preface, set in Cornwall, Bennett Grey receives a letter from Harris Stuyvesant, his friend but 'a man whose motives Grey had reason to distrust,' containing four photographs whose contents are so disturbing that the suicidal Grey burns them immediately. The action then shifts to Paris 10 days earlier, where Stuyvesant, a former FBI man who left on bad terms with Hoover, is trying to trace a missing 22-year-old American woman, Pip Crosby. To the investigator, Crosby is just 'one in a string of mostly blonde, mostly young women' who shared his bed, adding a patina of guilt to his inquiries. The trail leads him to a tantalizing mystery involving the Thétre du Grand-Guignol and artists who use human bones to create their work.Readers will hope to see more of Grey, who is absent for most of this story, and Stuyvesant in future books. Agent: Linda Allen, Linda Allen Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Delightful and creative.” The Wall Street Journal

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“Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels.” Booklist (starred review)

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“Audacious.” Los Angeles Times

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“Rousing...riveting...suspenseful.” Chicago Sun-Times

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“Imaginative and subtle.” The Seattle Times

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“Impossible to put down.” Romantic Times

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“Beguiling...tantalizing.” The Boston Globe

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She lives in Northern California.

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M Daly, March 13, 2014 (view all comments by M Daly)
This gritty mystery takes the reader into the heart of the dark side of Paris in the late 1920s. When an American girl disappears in Paris, her parents hire Harris Stuyvesant to investigate. In his search, he crosses paths with some very shady characters, some real (Man Ray) and some fictional (Didi Moreau). It may be too dark for some, however, I enjoyed recognizing people and places. Be warned, though the cover doesn't indicate it, this is a sequel to Touchstone.
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kristine.morton, November 27, 2013 (view all comments by kristine.morton)
The morning exploded….
The first line of the novel can be very powerful so when a book starts with “The morning exploded” one tends to be sitting on the edge of ones seat getting ready for a ride.. and boy did I get one.

This was going to be a simple review because the book is already such delightfully complex, rich and satisfying meal! It is dark, intricate and a gift given to me as it takes me through post World War I Paris, France. Where the exchange rate is low, American girls can sow their wild ta-tas and fruits and whatever else they are shaking *grin* to their hearts content. They hob knob in the bistros and bars in and around Monmartre and Montparnasse with working authors, photographers and artists. When a sketch from Picasso on a martini stained napkin is just beginning to be a wow moment but still not to uncommon. Where people can box with Hemingway, meet up with and have themselves photographed by Man Ray.

I am not privy to the first book by Laurie R. King in this series but you can bet that it is on my wish list now. This is a standalone but you may have a few questions about the book prior. I loved how Ms. King kept sprinkling it throughout the book which by 40% through I had added the first to my Wish List.

Harris Stuyvesant is a US private investigator agent who is working in Europe and currently in Berlin when a letter from the uncle of Philippa “Pip” Crosby who he believes has gone missing. Summer is ending and no one has heard from Pip since March. What makes this one of those fun plots.. Harris ends up not only knowing who Pip is, but he happened to have a ohhh la la la Tango of the bedroom variety months prior. He needs the money and packs up his backs and heads to back to Paris.

Pip is no where to be found. When he shows up at her apartment her roommate Nancy is just as confused. Pip’s Passport is missing and her attachment to Paris’ artists is obvious with all the photographs and other odd art pieces in her room. FLASH to a new chapter with this creepy discussion about cleansing of bones with beetles…I ended up stopping and rewatching five Bones episodes.. KING OF THE LAB!!! *looking around* oops sorry moving right along…

Coming back to the book and Pip being missing after meeting with a policemen who is just as obsessed with missing people, to the point that they realized there are way to many missing girls who were last seen in Paris in and around the Monmartre and Montparnasse. While he goes around looking for Pip he learns of a demented project starting on on the Theatre Grand- Guignol, where simulated death and dismemberment is becoming entertainment. (Watch the trailer above)

I love history and so you should have seeing me *laughing* Geoff said I was now adding history nerd to my many labels! Continually giggling as all these amazing famous people and places I got to view and visit at while reading. I have always been a fan of seeing the “real” place, not the tourist traps and believe me, some of the places we went are not in the tour guide. King’s incredibly in-depth descriptions with the addition of movement in the prose created another one of those books that was an experience instead of just a read. Photographer Man Ray, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath and Josephine Baker are just some of the famous people who lived in Paris at the same time. It takes a very talented writer to be able to play their personalities and actions into a story. Bravo Ms. King!

This story is wrought with dark corners to explore, a rumpled hard-boiled detective to crush on and mystery, thrills and glamour all to make you satisfied, like a good steak dinner. That lovely red meat that sticks to your bones and you unbutton your jeans, unzip your skirt and sit around eyes at half mast just with your brain pan completely sated. Yep… and the mystery? Oh me oh my. I got totally caught off guard. Thank you so much!

(I recieved an arc from her publisher)
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Nancy McClure, November 24, 2013 (view all comments by Nancy McClure)
King gets her groove back! A new lead character and terrific atmosphere in a very well-written book are enough to make me forget the disappointment of her recent books (the Mary Russell stories, which had turned into bad Indiana Jones adventures).

Time and place are a major character here: 1929 Paris was crammed with hectic partying by Americans who were Johnny-come-lately to the arts and literature scene. And there were plenty of Europeans who would never recover from the wounds of the Great War and more recent anarchist unrest.

Surrealist artists, willing to use horror effects, confuse the trail of a killer. Our damaged hero, a tough guy who still has streaks of romanticism, stubbornly fights to get answers. Probably the first tough guy detective I've every cared so much about!

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345531766
Subtitle:
A Novel of Suspense
Author:
King, Laurie R.
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130910
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.57 x 1.38 in 1.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Edgar-winner King delivers a sequel to 2008's Touchstone with this impressive mystery set in 1929 Paris. In the arresting preface, set in Cornwall, Bennett Grey receives a letter from Harris Stuyvesant, his friend but 'a man whose motives Grey had reason to distrust,' containing four photographs whose contents are so disturbing that the suicidal Grey burns them immediately. The action then shifts to Paris 10 days earlier, where Stuyvesant, a former FBI man who left on bad terms with Hoover, is trying to trace a missing 22-year-old American woman, Pip Crosby. To the investigator, Crosby is just 'one in a string of mostly blonde, mostly young women' who shared his bed, adding a patina of guilt to his inquiries. The trail leads him to a tantalizing mystery involving the Thétre du Grand-Guignol and artists who use human bones to create their work.Readers will hope to see more of Grey, who is absent for most of this story, and Stuyvesant in future books. Agent: Linda Allen, Linda Allen Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Delightful and creative.”
"Review" by , “Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels.”
"Review" by , “Audacious.”
"Review" by , “Rousing...riveting...suspenseful.”
"Review" by , “Imaginative and subtle.”
"Review" by , “Impossible to put down.”
"Review" by , “Beguiling...tantalizing.”
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