Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

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“Delicious and addictive.”—Salon.com

“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

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

Claire DeWitt believes she is the world’s greatest PI, even if few agree with her. A one-time teen detective in Brooklyn, she is a follower of the esoteric French detective Jacques Silette, whose mysterious handbook Détection 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.Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.

“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

“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

“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.”—Laura Lippman
 

About Sara Gran

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SARA GRAN is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Come Closer and Dope as well as the Claire DeWitt series. She also writes for film and TV (including TNT's "Southland") and has published in The New York Times, The New Orleans Times Picayune, and USA Today. She is a former bookseller and a native of Brooklyn.
 
Published June 2, 2011 by Mariner Books. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She declines to interview Vic’s friends, the enemies Leon has helpfully listed, the police detectives who worked the case or even the street man who claims he saw Vic after the worst of the flooding.

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Publishers Weekly

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Claire DeWitt can hack into police files, discover hidden evidence, and sort the innocent from the guilty because she’s the best detective in the world.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this captivating first in a projected series from Gran (Dope), PI Claire DeWitt comes to New Orleans to help a client, Leon Salvatore, find his ADA uncle, Vic Willing, who went missing at the time of Hurricane Katrina.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a highly original, refreshing, sometimes humorous, often ironic mystery, with an intriguing and involved plot and even more fascinating backstories and future possibilities.”As Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead begins, P.I.

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Nights and Weekends

Only clues you’ve been too blind to see, doors you haven’t found the key to open.” Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a great novel for any lover of dark, hard-boiled detective novels.

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Library Journal

He hires a detective to prove that his mystery can’t be solved.” Crime novel readers who appreciate great characters and a setting that serves as a character will be drawn into this book.

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Nashville Public Library

Gran has used Post-Katrina New Orleans as time and place for her mystery, weaving in the devastation, corruption, and heartbreak of its people.

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