Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

eBook - 2011
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"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 "One of the genre's most original characters in years, reads . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel." -- CNN Claire DeWitt believes she is the world's 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 Claire's unusual practices. Claire also has deep roots in New Orleans, where she was mentored by Silette's 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 "What would you get if that punkish dragon girl Lisbeth Salander met up with Jim Sallis's Lew Griffin walking the back streets of New Orleans? Or Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone transformed herself into a tattooed magnolia driving a 4x4? Clare DeWitt, that's what you'd get . . . DeWitt's mesmerizing character and memorable voice take your breath away." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune "Just when I begin to despair that the PI novel has worn out its welcome, a writer with a fresh take reminds me why I fell in love with the genre. Sara Gran has long specialized in shaking up and revitalizing other corners of the genre world, so it's no surprise that she performs this same magic in Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead." -- Laura Lippman
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547548852
0547548850
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (288 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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smichal
Nov 05, 2015

kind of a negative main character, some woman who thinks she's a tough guy with all the macho drugs, drinking, shooting, bragging. New Orleans sounds like a scary place. I don't think I'll be reading more of her books.

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uncommonreader
Jul 23, 2015

Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this mystery features a New Age type detective. It was not difficult to guess where the story was going. It is not very well-written. No more for me by this author.

tailwagger Apr 24, 2014

Very unusual, but in a good way. A challenging read that will probably piss off many mystery traditionalists. Claire DeWitt sure ain't Jack Reacher or Rebus.

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LT
Nov 18, 2013

Almost no one likes Claire DeWitt, the antiheroine of Sara Gran's mystery series. That included me, when I first started reading the book. Gran's sharp-edged, fast-cut descriptions of tragic, drowned New Orleans are hard to bear. But I persevered because Claire's drug-addled insights, the "Silettian" philosophy espoused in the text, and Gran's mischievous and disturbing magic realism became increasingly compelling. I'm glad I finished the book. It was sad, beautiful and harsh, and it was also well worth reading.

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tocch101
Nov 04, 2013

An interesting read with a PI that I don't know if I could stand, but that might be the point. Interested in seeing where this goes, but not in my top three for mystery writers.

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amnl
Aug 11, 2013

Don't bother.

JeremiahSutherland Feb 22, 2013

Interesting take on detection. Instead of rational thought, go with omens, dreams and drug-fueled visions.

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Rubicat
Dec 27, 2012

Ms DeWitt is very odd. I can't quite decide if I liked this book or not. I found myself frustrated in many places by the esoteric nature of her musings; I was sometimes baffled by her reasoning; I was gratified to learn new lore about psychic investigation but I doubt if I will search for more about Ms. DeWitt. Maybe I should consider a re-read in a year or so to see if I can get more out of this one. It will challenge your idea of what a detective novel is.

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DeltaQueen50
Feb 11, 2012

Refreshingly different, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran introduces a new type of female P.I., as she says herself less a detective by choice than by calling. Following in the footsteps of her mentor, P.I. Constance Darling, and guided by the writings of renown French detective Jacques Silette, Claire follows clues by own instinct, be it by discerning the I Ching, her dreams or mind-expanding drugs. I loved the blurb on the back of the book that describes her as, “a cool blend of Nancy Drew and Sid Vicious”.

A fearless author who seems quite willing to go anywhere her mind takes her, this is far from a linear read. Jumping around, to the past, back to the present, and into dreams, Claire slowly puts the pieces together, and we are treated to a innovative, intelligent story that hopefully is the introduction to a new series.

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querty56
Jan 08, 2012

More than just a mystery! Check it out.

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