Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

eBook - 2013
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"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 "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 "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." -- "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 Gran's talent." -- Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press "Claire's old love, Paul Casablancas, is murdered in an apparent robbery gone bad, opening a floodgate of emotions for her. She finds a clue ("trust only the clues," says her detective mentor, Jacques Silette) that helps her trace Paul's final steps that ultimately led to his death. . . . Gran's detective searches for truth, not necessarily justice, and philosophical tidbits scattered throughout give the storyline an otherworldly tone. Remarkably, Gran keeps her tortured detective focused throughout, ensuring a satisfying read. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal, STARRED review "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." -- "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 eagerly awaited second book in the Claire DeWitt mystery series, featuring "one of the genre's most original characters in years . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel." (CNN) When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt's musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced it's 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 Paul's 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 won't 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 world's greatest PI. An addictive new adventure featuring an irresistible heroine.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547840642
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (288 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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Nov 09, 2014

One of the most obnoxious, self-serving protagonists ever, and yet I can't put the story down. I look forward to the next one.

Aug 21, 2013

If you're looking for a refreshing mystery try this - she isn't the typical detective, but she is... shall we say... Sherlockian? Well written and somewhat silly, Claire deWitt is a force to be reckoned with.

Jul 24, 2013

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series - until the very end.


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