Blue Place by Nicola Griffith

Blue Place

byNicola Griffith

Kobo ebook | October 13, 2009

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A police lieutenant with the elite "Red Dogs" until she retired at twenty-nine , Aud Torvigen is a rangy six-footer with eyes the color of cement and a tendency to hurt people who get in her way. Born in Norway into the failed marriage between a Scandinavian diplomat and an American businessman, she now makes Atlanta her home, luxuriating in the lush heat and brashness of the New South. She glides easily between the world of silken elegance and that of sleaze and sudden savagery, equally at home in both; functional, deadly, and temporarily quiescent, like a folded razor.

On a humid April evening between storms, out walking just to stay sharp, she turns a corner and collides with a running woman, Catching the scent of clean, rain-soaked hair, Aud nods and silently tells the stranger Today, you are lucky, and moves on—when behind her house explodes, incinerating its sole occupant, a renowned art historian. When Aud turns back, the woman is gone.

Title:Blue PlaceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 13, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061856185

ISBN - 13:9780061856181


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strong Character A retired police lieutenant, Aud Torvigen is as beautiful as she is tough. While out for a walk one evening, she meets a mysterious woman and before she knows it, witnesses the explosion of a nearby home. When Aud digs a little deeper, she realises that there's much more than meets the eye, and is soon involved in an international caper. I found the main character a little tough to get a real sense of, although there were aspects of her that I really liked (complexity, strength). I like strong female characters, but some of Aud's violence (and violent thoughts) seemed a bit off. The jump in setting (from Atlanta to Oslo) was handled well, and the author created a great atmosphere with the sections taking place in Oslo. A few sections were unnecessary and really drawn out, and they made the book really lag in some places.
Date published: 2009-12-02