Synopses & Reviews
"Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar... Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell… Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, Sister
provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon." –The New York Times Book Review
When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.
Bee is certain that Tess didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered. Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess's apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister's life--and all its secrets.
Though her family and the police see a grieving sister in denial, unwilling to accept the facts, Bee uncovers the affair Tess was having with a married man and the pregnancy that resulted, and her difficultly with a stalker who may have crossed the line when Tess refused his advances. Tess was also participating in an experimental medical trial that might have gone very wrong. As a determined Bee gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder--and an obsession that may cost Bee her own life.
A thrilling story of fierce love between siblings, Sister is a suspenseful and accomplished debut with a stunning twist.
"British author Lupton's unusual and searing debut is her heroine Beatrice Hemming's letter to her dead younger sister, Tess. Abandoned by their father just before their eight-year-old brother's death from cystic fibrosis and raised by their genteelly ineffectual mother, Bee and Tess have always exchanged long, intimate letters, so when Tess, an unmarried London art student, apparently commits suicide after her CF baby is born dead, Bee resigns her corporate design job in New York City and moves into Tess's shabby London flat. Convinced Tess was murdered, Bee gradually learns Tess had been spurned, like her unborn child, by her married art teacher lover; she had also been eerily pursued by a drugged-up slumming fellow student and mentally tortured by hallucinogenic drugs thrust on her by a masked stalker. Bee's self-defenses crumble as she discovers that she never returned Tess's anguished calls for help. Observing the unsettling similarities between her mother and her fiancÃ©, Bee realizes 'why no one could be my safety rope.' At the harrowing conclusion, Bee's aching heart accepts that 'grief is love turned into an eternal missing.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"In her second outing, tattooed cokehead Claire DeWitt puzzles over the murder of an ex-boyfriend. There's absolutely nothing predictable about either the multilayered investigation—cloaked in references to Indian scriptures, Thomas Merton, and cheesy 1980s TV mysteries—or DeWitt herself, who charms despite her fraying life. A
" —Entertainment Weekly
"This is a heroine who is so flawed - and so achingly desperate to be otherwise -- that you can't help but relate. . . .Claire's quest to avenge Paul is compelling, but her insistence on uncovering the mystery of her own self-destruction is what makes this book not just a compelling mystery, but a novel." -- Oprah.com
"The high-stepping, coke-snorting, Zen-loving heroine of Sara Gran's new novel is something of a mess, but she's also the most interesting private eye I've encountered since Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. . . .She mostly follows her intuition, along with the precepts laid down by the great (and fictional) French detective Jacques Silette, who said things like, 'Solutions wait for you, trembling, pulling you to them, calling your name, even if you cannot hear.'" —Washington Post
'"If Haruki Murakami wrote The Wire
, it would come out something like Sara Gran; cryptic, dreamy, funny and gritty as hell. She's a phenomenal talent. Claire DeWitt is an unreliable detective unlike any other." -- Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
"When I began reading a new mystery by Gran and realized I had entered a fresh, fully realized noir world, I felt a rush of private-eye, patriotic pride. . . . I highly recommend her introspective and yes, poetic mystery adventure." -- Maureen Corrigan, NPR
"From Nancy Drew to Miss Marple to Lisbeth Salander, there's a long and distinguished line of famous women in mystery fiction. I have a new favorite female sleuth to add to the list, Claire DeWitt." —CNN.com "The Claire DeWitt novels are not so much noir mysteries as stories about the nature of mysteries themselves. The stories are wise, chilling, insightful and reeking with despair—and yet so beautifully written in an original, quirky style that it is difficult to resist them. . . . Readers will marvel at Grans talent." —Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press
"Most novels, regardless of genre, appeal to readers' minds or to their emotions. The dark mysticism of Gran's books, however, echoes within their souls." -- Examiner.com
"Claire DeWitt recognizes a clue by the weird chills she gets when she first encounters it, and she makes some of her most important deductions in dreams . . . She's a fortysomething, chemically adventurous, bed-hopping, gun-toting, hard-boiled, socially dysfunctional, existentially New Age Nancy Drew. . . It's well worth following her wherever she decides to look." -- Laura Miller, Salon
"Gran continues to reinvent the crime novel with her latest, Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, in which her inimitable protagonist follows a tangled web of cases involving the murder of Claire's musician ex-boyfriend, the mysterious theft of a group of miniature horses, and a trip down the rabbit hole of her own psyche." -- Publishers Weekly
The second installment in the acclaimed Claire DeWitt mystery series, from an author who "reminds me why I fell in love with the genre" (Laura Lippman)
The eagerly awaited second book in the buzzed-about Claire DeWitt mystery series, featuring “one of the genres most original characters in years . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel.” (CNN)
When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitts musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced its a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple.
With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Pauls fate in her other cases—especially that of a missing girl in the gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: “The detective wont know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.” And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all—at least to the worlds greatest PI.
An addictive new adventure featuring an irresistible heroine.
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.