Eye of the Cricket by James Sallis
(Lew Griffin Mysteries)

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Lew Griffin is a survivor, a black man in New Orleans, a detective, a teacher, a writer. Having spent years finding others, he has lost his son...and himself in the process. Now a derelict has appeared in a New Orleans hospital claiming to be Lewis Griffin and displaying a copy of one of Lew's novels. It is the beginning of a quest that will take Griffin into his own past while he tries to deal in the present with a search for three missing young men.

About James Sallis

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James Sallis has published fourteen novels, multiple collections of short stories, poems and essays, the definitive biography of Chester Himes, three books of musicology, and a translation of Raymond Queneau's novel Saint Glinglin. The film of Drive won Best Director award at Cannes; the six Lew Griffin books are in development. Jim plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and Dobro both solo and with the band Three-Legged Dog.
Published May 26, 2009 by Walker Books. 204 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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The fourth book in the Lew Griffin series (following Black Hornet, 1994) proves once again that Sallis is one of the least conventional and most interesting writers working in the mystery genre.

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He's not exactly linear, which I had problems with: it's annoying to realize as you read a book that you just wanna know what happens next, but I found myself thinking that several times while reading Eye of the Cricket and feeling very unsophisticated.

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London Review of Books

The Sallis CV – Delta blues, New Orleans, French literary studies, hospital work, drink, the pain of memory – became the autobiography of Lew Griffin.

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