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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead (Paperback)

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Claire Dewitt, a private investigator from Brooklyn, comes to post-Katrina New Orleans to look for an Assistant District Attorney who disappeared after the storm. She learned her trade by studying with her mentor Constance Darling and uses the 1959 French manual Detection by Jacques Silette as her bible. Her methods are unconventional to say the least. Rather than speak with his known enemies or interview his friends, Claire relies on dreams, drugs and the I Ching, among other things. As she catches up with old acquaintances and meets some shady characters of the New Orleans streets, we accompany her on a journey through a ravaged city and get a glimpse into the chaotic upbringing that brought her to where she is now – the self-designated world’s greatest PI. Her unusual style and her quirky search are engaging and leave the reader anxious for the next mystery into which Claire will be drawn.
A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2011

— Sydne, Atlanta

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"Delicious and addictive."--Salon.com

"Reads . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel."--CNN

"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

This knock-out start to a bracingly original new series features Claire DeWitt, the world's greatest PI--at least, that's what she calls herself. A one-time teen detective in Brooklyn, she is a follower of the esoteric French detective Jacques Silette, whose mysterious handbook Detection 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.

"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

"Reminds me why I fell in love with the genre."--Laura Lippman

"I love this book " -- Sue Grafton

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"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.." --Laura Lippman   “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

“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   “One of the genre’s most original characters in years, reads . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel." -- CNN

"Delicious and addictive." -- Salon.com
"The title character is the summer's most original new detective: part Lisbeth Salander, part Veronica Mars."--Hollywood Reporter   "With Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Gran elevates the detective story as literature and brings together a sophisticated mystery, a witty, antagonistic private eye, and a city she knows too well." - The Atlantic Monthly   "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   "Critics are already labeling this one - the first of a projected series - a book 'not to be missed.' "--Christian Science Monitor "Claire is a charmer."- New York Times Book Review

"The first in a quirky, smart mystery series." -- Daily Candy "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 tranformed herself into a tattooed magnolia driving a 4x4? Claire DeWitt . . . .DeWitt's mesmerizing character and memorable voice take your breath away." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune "Not your mother's girl detective, Claire DeWitt is a cool blend of Nancy Drew and Sid Vicious.  With Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran has pulled the traditional female sleuth into the twenty-first century with a novel that's smart and hip, dark and funny.." - Alafair Burke, author of LONG GONE "This is not just a mystery novel but also a novel about mysteries; Claire DeWitt is a detective less by choice than by calling. With City of the Dead, Sara Gran has written something truly splendid and unique, and if we’re all very lucky, there will be more." -- Craig Clevenger, author of The Contortionists Handbook "This is not to be missed -- Claire is a moody, hip, and meticulous investigator. Gran (Dope; Come Closer) builds an addictive sense of anticipation with a fantastical frame. Alternately gritty and dreamy, this would appeal to those who liked Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist and readers of Charlie Huston (e.g., The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death). Highly recommended." --Library Journal  (starred) "Captivating."--Publishers Weekly (starred)  
Product Details
ISBN: 9780547747613
ISBN-10: 0547747616
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Pages: 273
Language: English