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Born into a life of immense privilege and influence, Celine is as at home in the most glamorous cities in the world as in a pop-up trailer in the wilderness. She's an artist, and also a Glock-toting P.I. who uses her prodigious covert-ops skills and connections to defend the underdog, often works pro bono, and specializes in reuniting birth families. When Gabriela seeks out Celine to help uncover the truth about her father’s disappearance twenty years before (supposedly mauled by a bear), Celine can't resist. The trail leads past some heroic characters and acts of bravery on both personal and global scales. It's a thrilling chase. The heartbreak is that no heroics can prevent us from failing each other - even the ones we love the most - at some point. No act of love goes unpunished. And sometimes people just do terrible things. Plagued by her own scars, it's Celine's determination to keep living and loving and daring and facing down danger and darkness which is a true inspiration. She is a model of courage and grace. Celine is a sweet and powerful ode to love and life.
— Sara, Atlanta
From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.
Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela's father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed--that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Inspired by the life of Heller's own remarkable mother, a chic and iconoclastic private eye, Celine
is a deeply personal novel, a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmarks, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.