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Stayby Nicola Griffith
Synopses & Reviews
Nicola Griffith has been praised by the widest variety of admirers — from crime writer Dennis Lehane's outstanding to poet Allen Ginsberg's astonishingly gifted and in the widest variety of ways, from the Washington Post admitting it's hard to overpraise the taut plotting and broad intelligence of her work to the Los Angeles Times acclaiming her beautifully written sentences]... shimmering with many levels and complex meanings to the Village Voice dubbing her a sort of literary Femme Nikita.
With Stay, Griffith has written her most accomplished and searing work. She juxtaposes beauty and brutality in a stunning amalgam of pyrotechnic noir poetry to match James Ellroy, lush meditativeness that recalls Barbara Kingsolver, and hard-boiled moral conviction worthy of Andrew Vachss. And she develops her hero, Aud, bristling with emotional complexity and barely suppressed violence, into one of the most fascinating protagonists in fiction today.
Stay opens with Aud, normally the epitome of cool-under-fire contained competence, disintegrating with grief and guilt over the violent death of her lover. These emotions are new to her, and she has moved deep into the North Carolina woods, away from people, afraid of what she might do if pushed. Into her refuge comes her oldest friend asking an impossible favor: to track down his missing fiancee, a woman Aud despises. The police won't take his concern seriously, and Aud — an ex-cop whose sense of right and wrong has little respect for the law — is the only person he can turn to for help. But to follow the woman's trail to New York City, she must leave the shelter of her trees and confront a series of physical, moral, and emotional challenges that she has been dodging for weeks, months, and years. None of her choices are easy.
Stay is a dazzling showcase for Griffith's literary talent. She layers an array of different elements — urban tension and pastoral beauty, complex characters and white-knuckled narrative suspense, lyric prose and visceral violence — into a novel of depth, subtlety, and riveting noir storytelling.
Aud Torvingen is a classic noir hero.... Griffith is a writer of considerable gifts. Her sentences shimmer, her powers of observation and description are razor sharp.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
With Stay, Griffith proves she can write crime fiction that stacks up more than favorably with the work of the best writers in the field.... Dennis Lehane, Andrew Vachss and James Lee Burke have each taken crime fiction to a new level and each has expanded the possibilities of the genre. Nicola Griffith is the next name on a very short list.
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE
Sleek, sexy, and decidedly dangerous, Aud... is everything a suspense novel heroine should be.
Griffith has a fine way with character and a sure talent.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Griffith's real genius is in her portrayal of the brilliant, though damaged, Aud, who embodies the traits of the mythical Norse berserker.... A finely nuanced, frightening plunge into the dark heart of an exceptional woman.
Griffith's tautly balanced prose perfectly complements her heroine's erratic progress.... She] skillfully links sensual details with emotional content, anchoring us firm
Drawn out of seclusion to help an old friend find his missing fiancTe, ex-cop Aud Torvingen, tormented by the death of her lover and by her own penchant for violence, finds Tammy in the clutches of a disturbed sociopath, which ignites a rage that invigorates, terrifies, and tortures her. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Aud (it rhymes with "shroud" ) Torvingen is six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. She can restore a log cabin with antique tools or put a man in a coma with her bare hands. As imagined by Nicola Griffith in this ferocious masterpiece of literary noir, Aud is a hero who combines the tortured complexity with moral authority.
In the aftermath of her lover's murder, the last thing a grieving Aud wants is another case. Against her better judgment she agrees to track down an old friend's runaway fiancée--and finds herself up against both a sociopath so artful that the law can't touch him, and the terrible specters of loss and guilt. As stylish as this year's Prada and as arresting as a razor at the throat, Stay places Nicola Griffith in the first rank of new-wave crime writers.
About the Author
\Nicola Griffith is the author of The Blue Place, Slow River, and Ammonite and has won the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and five Lambda Awards. She is also the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape anthology series. At various times she has worked as a self-defense instructor, a rock & roll singer, a social worker, a teacher, and a laborer. She lives in Seattle.
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