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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead: A Mystery

by Sara Gran

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | June 2, 2011 | Hardcover

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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 onDétection- 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 she''s avoided since her mentor, Silette''s 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 Claire''s years as a girl detective in 1980s Brooklyn,Claire DeWitt and the City of the Deadis a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: June 2, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547428499

ISBN - 13: 9780547428499

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead: A Mystery

by Sara Gran

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: June 2, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547428499

ISBN - 13: 9780547428499

About the Book

PI Claire DeWitt has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans to investigate 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?

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1 "It''s my uncle," the man said on the phone. "He''s lost. We lost him in the storm." "Lost?" I said. "You mean, he drowned?" "No," the man said, distressed. " Lost. I mean, yeah, he probably drowned. Probably dead. I haven''t heard from him or anything. I can''t imagine how he could still be alive." "So what''s the mystery?" I said. A crow flew overhead as we talked. I was in Northern California, near Santa Rosa. I sat at a picnic table by a clump of redwoods. A blue jay squawked nearby. Crows used to be bad omens, but now they were so common that it was hard to say. Omens change. Signs shifts. Nothing is permanent. That night I dreamed I was back in New Orleans. I hadn''t been there in ten years. But now, in my dream, it was during the flood. I sat on a rooftop in the cool, dark night. Moonlight reflected off the water around me. It was quiet. Everyone was gone. Across the street a man sat on another rooftop in a straight-backed chair. The man flickered in and out of focus like an old piece of film, burned through in spots from light. He was fifty or sixty, white, pale, just on this side of short, with salt-and-pepper hair and bushy eyebrows. He wore a three-piece black suit with a high collar and a black tie. He scowled. The man looked at me sternly. "If I told you the truth plainly," the man said, "you would not understand." His voice was scratchy and warped, like an old record. But I could still make out the tinge of a French accent. "If life gave you answers outright,
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From the Publisher

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 onDétection- 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 she''s avoided since her mentor, Silette''s 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 Claire''s years as a girl detective in 1980s Brooklyn,Claire DeWitt and the City of the Deadis a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.

About the Author

Sara Gran is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, includingCome Closer,Dope,and the Claire DeWitt series. She also writes for film and TV and has published in theNew York Times, theNew Orleans Times-Picayune, andUSA Today.

Editorial Reviews

"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. And while I confess to having very little objectivity about New Orleans and no credentials to judge its literary portrayal, this is a valuable addition to the (way too small) body of post-storm novels."--Laura Lippman "Terrific. 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 story-telling and lifts something original from a well-loved form."--Sue Grafton "I just burned through Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, and it''s the first truly fantastic book I''ve read this year. Gran''s evocation of the exposed wounds of New Orleans - before and after the storm - is a master-class in descriptive and emotive writing, and Claire is one of the most exciting new characters in years; a Raymond Chandler heroine with just enough of an off-beat vibe to tilt the whole thing enticingly off-kilter. Everything here - from the smallest touches to the grander mythology setting the tone of the series - just sings."--Drew Williams, Little Professor Book Center "Not your mother''s girl detective, Claire DeWitt is a cool blend of Nancy Drew and Sid Vicious.
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