Synopses & Reviews
“Delicious and addictive.”—Salon.com
“The book is beautifully written in a tight, quirky style that distinguishes Gran as one of the more original writers working today.”—Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press
“Reads . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel.”—CNN
“What would you get if that punkish dragon girl Lisbeth Salander met up with Jim Salliss Lew Griffin walking the back streets of New Orleans? Or Sue Graftons Kinsey Millhone transformed herself into a tattooed magnolia driving a 4x4? Clare DeWitt, thats what youd get . . . DeWitts mesmerizing character and memorable voice take your breath away.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune
Claire DeWitt believes she is the worlds greatest PI, even if few agree with her. A one-time teen detective in Brooklyn, she is a follower of the esoteric French detective Jacques Silette, whose mysterious handbook Détection inspired Claires unusual practices. Claire also has deep roots in New Orleans, where she was mentored by Silettes student the brilliant Constance Darling—until Darling was murdered. When a respected DA goes missing she returns to the hurricane-ravaged city to find out why. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.
“The hard-living, wisecracking titular detective bounces around post-Katrina New Orleans trying to track down a missing prosecutor in this auspicious debut of a new mystery series—and the Big Easy is every bit her equal in sass and flavor.”—Elle
“Reminds me why I fell in love with the genre.”—Laura Lippman
"I love this book!" -- Sue Grafton
In the first of a new mystery series featuring quirky private investigator Claire DeWitt, Claire investigates the disappearance of a top prosecutor in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant deductive skills 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 late, great, and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette.
The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, the city shes avoided since her mentor, Silettes 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 a 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.
Littered with memories of Claires years as a girl detective in 1980s Brooklyn, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.
Hailed as “delicious and addictive” (Salon
), and a book “not to be missed” (Christian Science Monitor
), Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
was universally praised as a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.
The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, the city shes avoided since her mentor, 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 hurricane as a means to disappear? In the vein of Laura Lippmans Tess Monaghan and Sue Graftons Kinsey Millhone, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead introduces a heroine who will surely delight readers for years to come.
Claire DeWitt is the worlds greatest PI, a one-time teen detective in Brooklyn and follower of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette, whose mysterious handbook Détection has led Claire to use the I-Ching, omens, prophetic dreams, and mind-expanding drugs.
Claire also has deep roots in New Orleans, where she was mentored by the brilliant Constance Darling—until Darling was murdered. When a respected New Orleans DA goes missing during Hurricane Katrina, she returns to her newly wrecked former city to find out why. The clues lead her to Andray Fairview, a young man who had nothing to lose before the storm and has less now. Finding old friends and making new enemies, Claire solves the case, but shes haunted by others gone missing: her best friend and partner in detection, who disappeared from a New York City subway station in 1986, and Jacques Silettes daughter, Belle, stolen from a hotel room and never heard from again.
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.
Follow the clues. Believe nothing. Question everything.
“I love this book! Absolutely love it. This is the first fresh literary voice I’ve heard in years. Sara Gran recombines all the elements of good, solid storytelling and lifts something original from a well-loved form.”—Sue Grafton
“Not your mother’s girl detective, Claire DeWitt is a cool blend of Nancy Drew and Sid Vicious. Sara Gran has pulled the traditional female sleuth into the twenty-first century with a novel that’s smart and hip, dark and funny. I can’t wait for the next one.”—Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone
“This is deeply intelligent fiction that cuts deep and captures a city’s soul. Claire DeWitt’s power will sneak up on you.”—Attica Locke, author of Black Water Rising
“This is not just a mystery novel but also a novel about mysteries; Claire DeWitt is a detective less by choice than by calling. Sara Gran has written something truly splendid and unique, and if we’re all very lucky, there will be more.”
—Craig Clevenger, author of The Contortionist’s Handbook
About the Author
Sara Gran is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Come Closer, Dope, and the Claire DeWitt series. She also writes for film and TV and has published in the New York Times, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and USA Today.