Ghost of a Flea by James Sallis
(Lew Griffin Mysteries)

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Lew Griffin is alone in the dark in his old New Orleans house. Behind him, on the bed, is a body. He thinks if he doesn't speak, doesn't think about what happened, somehow things will be all right.

About James Sallis

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James Sallis is a poet, music critic, biographer, and author. A lifelong student of the work of Chester Himes, he lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Published October 11, 2001 by No Exit Press. 221 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The world’s single immutable law.” The traditional mystery plot receives but a lick and a promise here: Griffin finds his long-lost son, loses him again, breaks up with still another woman, lumbers around the seamy side of New Orleans and, through day-trips back and forth in time, investigates hi...

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But Sallis pushes the poetry of noir further than Auster and most other practitioners with such images as "another of society's makeshift facsimiles of dreams, rags and tatters of movies, media, popular literature, this new mythology, that my homeless soul had taken for its own and worn into the ...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Lew Griffin, black parttime private investigator, is trying to come to terms with himself;

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Sallis tests our patience here - his humanism is as touching as it has ever been here, and some of his sentences are incandescent but plotting and narrative are, at best, loose - and Flea is really only to be recommended to those who have followed Griffin's adventures through the preceding four b...

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