The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis

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As black private detective Lew Griffin pursues a seemingly hopeless missing-person case through the steamy French Quarter of New Orleans, he realizes that his own life has come to resemble those of the people he is attempting to find.
 

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 August 1, 1992 by Carroll & Graf Pub. 200 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Black detective Lew Griffin skips his father's final illness (New Orleans, 1964) when he's hired to find a missing person--well-known black leader Corene Davis.

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A hard-boiled PI investigates missing persons cases in New Orleans's French Quater over a span of three decades in this uncoventional suspense novel.

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Poet and short story writer Sallis creates a lyrical, unconventional suspense novel that reads like variations on a blues riff.

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"Finally, I guess, it wasn’t that much different from the way we all make up our own lives by bits and pieces, a piece of a book here, a song title or lyric there, scraps of people we've known, clips from movies, imagining ourselves and living into that image, then going on to another and ...

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