The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith

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A police lieutenant with the elite "Red Dogs" until she retired at twenty-nine , Aud Torvigen is a rangy six-footer with eyes the color of cement and a tendency to hurt people who get in her way. Born in Norway into the failed marriage between a Scandinavian diplomat and an American businessman, she now makes Atlanta her home, luxuriating in the lush heat and brashness of the New South. She glides easily between the world of silken elegance and that of sleaze and sudden savagery, equally at home in both; functional, deadly, and temporarily quiescent, like a folded razor.

On a humid April evening between storms, out walking just to stay sharp, she turns a corner and collides with a running woman, Catching the scent of clean, rain-soaked hair, Aud nods and silently tells the stranger Today, you are lucky, and moves on—when behind her house explodes, incinerating its sole occupant, a renowned art historian. When Aud turns back, the woman is gone.


About Nicola Griffith

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Nicola Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defense, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars. In 1993 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her novels are Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, and Always. Her writing has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Her awards include the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, the Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award (six times)—most recently for her memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party. Griffith lives with her partner, the writer Kelley Eskridge, in Seattle, Washington.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But new love has a way of dulling the senses, and when Julia returns alone to Oslo for a day's business, Aud suddenly smells the danger they've been in all along and summons every bit of strength from her ""blue place"" to win a compelling race to save the woman she loves.

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Aud Torvingen is working in the security industry in Georgia.

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If, on the other hand, you aren’t overly concerned with connecting the plot points and are instead looking for a beautifully-written novel that is truly a thriller in all senses of the word, then pick up The Blue Place and plan to stay in for a day ...

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