Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead (2020)

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead Sara Gran has written a novel about an unprecedented private investigator named Claire DeWitt Destiny it seems has chosen Claire to be a detective planting a copy of the enigmatic book D tection in
  • Title: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
  • Author: Sara Gran
  • ISBN: 9780547428499
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sara Gran has written a novel about an unprecedented private investigator named Claire DeWitt Destiny, it seems, has chosen Claire to be a detective, planting a copy of the enigmatic book D tection in her path as a teenager Claire has grabbed this destiny with both hands but fate has been cruel Twenty years later detection is her religion and D tection is her Bible NowSara Gran has written a novel about an unprecedented private investigator named Claire DeWitt Destiny, it seems, has chosen Claire to be a detective, planting a copy of the enigmatic book D tection in her path as a teenager Claire has grabbed this destiny with both hands but fate has been cruel Twenty years later detection is her religion and D tection is her Bible Now she is summoned to New Orleans, because someone has heard she is the best, to search for an upstanding citizen lost in the miasma of Katrina The battered and beggared New Orleans, second only to Claire, is the star of this story Thus the title The style is slick, gripping, and mystical, as strange and as easy as the character of Claire DeWitt You may be repelled by her earthiness or mesmerized by her off the wall devotion to her calling Though planned as the beginning of a series, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is itself a complete novel.
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    1. There are no innocent victims , wrote Jacques Silette The victim selects his role as carefully and unconsciously as the policeman, the detective, the client, or the villain Each chooses his role and then forgets this, sometimes for many lifetimes, until one comes along who can remind him This time you may be the villain or the victim The next time your roles may switch.It is only a role Try to remember Claire DeWitt has been enticed back to her former stomping grounds in New Orleans to investiga [...]

    2. I was a little afraid to re read this book, because the first time through was so absolutely stunning, it was as if it was written for me As my first review did not do justice to its wonderful combination of mystery, introspection, and setting, I m setting out to rectify it.Claire DeWitt is a detective, willing to use all means necessary including hallucinogenic dreams, the I Ching and fingerprint analysis to solve her cases She knows ultimately she will be solving the case for herself, because [...]

    3. Claire DeWitt is probably one of the most unique characters I ve ever read in a mystery book She has a bible that she goes by written by her idol French detective Jacques Silette, she doesn t mind using a few drugs to enhance her abilities, and she believes she is the world s greatest detective.Several of those very qualities got on my nerves at times during the book.Lord, forgive my sins, of which there are too fucking many to count.Then there were times I liked her She fully admits her trouble [...]

    4. When prosecutor Vic Willing goes missing in post Katrina New Orleans, Claire DeWitt comes to town to find out who killed him Can she put her personal demons aside long enough to find out This is the sixth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment For the 30 day trial, I m only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.This is one of those books that s going to be really hard to do justice to in a review Claire DeWitt is the greates [...]

    5. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is the fourth novel by Sara Gran, an exquisitely titled and wonderfully composed introduction to what publishers like to call an unprecedented private investigator Published in 2011, the author doesn t fall back on gimmick or try to build her mystery on the basis of a quirky characterization alcoholic private eye, OCD private eye, 1980s private eye but instead uses drunkenly rich language to unravel a mystery in, where else, New Orleans Neither Claire or an [...]

    6. How do I love a book Let me count the ways.1 Setting Post Katrina New Orleans Swampy, sensual, tragic, dangerous A complete immersion into the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a damaged and depressed city, betrayed and forgotten, seeking its redemption.2 Heroine Kick ass, ruthless, complicated, haunted Claire DeWitt is much like the city of New Orleans itself damaged and dangerous, tragic and seeking redemption Neither needs nor desires your pity or understanding 3 Language Hard boiled dialo [...]

    7. I have to admit it, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel Honestly, it s the first time I picked up something from the mystery section of the library And certainly the first time I read something endorsed by Sue Grafton cough As far as mysteries go,the best thing about this one was the lack of predictability I mean, I guess I should have seen the ending coming in retrospect, but I didn t At all So kudos to you, Gran, for keeping me on my toes and holding my interest.I mean, yeah, [...]

    8. I ve been an avid fan of Sara Gran s work since Come Closer Her books are difficult to categorize, like the works of so many of my favorite authors Her new one is a sort of existential detective literary noir with heavy supernatural or at least occult overtones God help the book store clerk who has to figure out where to shelf it It s also brilliant, delightful, delicious, and an absolute joy to read, full of the most unexpected cadences and rhythms, rife with surprising plot twists, witty dialo [...]

    9. This is the most inventive and unconventional crime novel I ve read in years a meditation on the nature of mystery as much as it is a mystery novel.Claire Dewitt is a student of the famous French detective Jacques Silette, has been mentored by one of Silette s protoges, and is now herself the world s greatest detective Picture Nancy Drew by way of Hunter S Thompson.After an absence of ten years, Claire is called back to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to solve the disappearance of [...]

    10. I m sure there are people who would tell you that this book is about a grown up girl detective who uses drugs and esoteric techniques to solve the mysteries no one else wants solved, but I d say it s about the way people, places, and events are connected in surprising and often absurd ways.There was a wonderful balance between the protagonist s depression and the background presence of humanistic compassion, which never strayed anywhere near the realm of preachiness There was also a perfect bala [...]

    11. From the starling cover to the cold hard end, this is an unusual book It s a crime novel, but with hints of the supernatural, whose heroine heavily uses drugs and solves crimes out of an obsessive need A strange book by a strange man is the lifeline, the heartbeat through the story that holds all the little separate pieces of plot together There are three mysteries here The surface a man searching for his missing uncle , the catalyst Claire DeWitt s missing friend and the undercurrent of everyth [...]

    12. So for this book, I listened to the audio version which is not something I normally do I have a few upsets with this book When I say a few, I mean probably ten First of all the main character Claire Dewitt isn t a badass at all, but the story attempts to write her as such One scene in particular she speaks of walking upon several gang banger guys who are armed to the teeth, and in the author s words with enough to take on Fallujah The main character says, they were tough, but I was tougher, and [...]

    13. An existential mystery Who d have thought it would have it s own manual Claire Dewitt learned at the feet of an apparent master who used the manual in teaching her students the way of living as well as the ways of detecting As Claire tells us Silette wrote one book, Detection, in 1959 Jaques Silettewas a genius So I thought So a few thousand others around the world thought too loc 344 This was the man who created her bible, the book that gave meaning to her life, the very frazzled life she lived [...]

    14. Sara Gran s Claire DeWitt reads like hardboiled contemporary noir, it s dark and bleak and morally ambiguous at times with an intriguing central mystery and a compulsively readable private eye It also shares genre tropes with those highly unbelievable cozy mysteries in which detectives are celebrated celebrities around the world known for solving cases such as The Murder on the Blue Train and The Jewels of Aunt Marjie And then there s the child detective all grown up and living with failure and [...]

    15. Claire DeWitt is the protege of Constance Darling, the greatest detective in the world Using tea leaves, I Ching, home brewed philosophy, and a book by a French detective named Jacques Silette, studying under Darling was like apprenticing as a wizard Then Constance Darling died, leaving Claire as her heir to the title of greatest detective in the world.It s hard to say how tongue in cheek Claire is being when she calls herself that, but she states it in a flat, no nonsense manner that makes peop [...]

    16. I waited a few days to review thinking my opinion would change It didn t The concept is interesting a mystical private investigator who is the best in the world and has her own personal unsolved mystery I just couldn t get past all the coincidences that weren t explained by the resolution She happened to be in NY on 9 11 so she could answer someone s question about it She happened to pick up a dirty business card She happened to be in the right neighborhood, turn the right corner I also couldn t [...]

    17. First Sentence It s my uncle, the man said on the phone.Claire DeWitt advertises herself as the world s greatest private investigator As such, she accepts a case in recent post Katrina New Orleans Her client is the nephew of Vic Willing The case is to find out what happened to this the city s wealthy district attorney who disappeared during the flooding after the hurricane.Every now and then, an author comes along with a voice and style that it is almost impossible to describe, quantify, or expl [...]

    18. I loved Come Closer and Dope such I was pretty excited to read the latest from Sara Gran expecting something smart, witty, dark and fun to readI was pretty disappointedClair DeWitt the World s Greatest Detective tasked with a case of finding out about the death of a New Orleans district attorney by his nephew This happened post Katrina so naturally that makes things complex from the beginning a city and its people devastated, nobody trustful of anybody from the outsideWas he killed Drown during [...]

    19. It s refreshing to run across an offbeat, stylish, and sparky private eye novel like City of the Dead is Claire DeWitt arrives in New Orleans where she trained to be a private investigator years ago to search for a local attorney who disappeared while Hurricane Katrina slammed the city Claire brings along her own baggage She s certainly no angel, liking her booze and dope But she possesses a good heart, a relentless curiosity, and a zenlike devotion to her trade She s also a likeable protagonist [...]

    20. I decided if I heard Claire call herself the world s greatest private eye one time it happens a lot I was going to lose my shit so I m going to quit while I m ahead.

    21. This is the most sympathetic mentally unstable detective that I ve encountered since Bo Bradley, the bi polar child protective services worker created by Abigail Padgett Bo Bradley would go off her medication in order to access the flashes of intuitive insight she needed to solve her cases Unfortunately, this would make some of her actions and decisions erratic, and she would get into trouble with her superiors Claire DeWitt isn t on prescription medication but she does use certain uncontrolled [...]

    22. Holy crap is this book good I don t really even have the words for it It is worthy entrant into the Canon on mystery novels such as it is I have read so many god damned books where the author is declared to be a worthy successor to chandler or hammett, and with the exception of robert b parker at his pinnacle, or robert crais, at his pinnacle, I have always been disapointed And this book wasn t even advertised as the worthy successor to hammett But oh my is it ever The novel is so very brilliant [...]

    23. Hmmm I am really stumped on what to say about this book I really liked it, it was a real page turner, but I am at a loss when it comes to the words to describe what it is about Well, basically it s about a woman who is a detective but she has studied under the school of Jacques Silette, and the mode of detection is very mystical and spiritual, and thus difficult for me to describe as I have little experience of either of those things.Claire DeWitt is a the detective Recovering from a recent brea [...]

    24. Claire DeWitt is not your usual female detective protagonist She is not quirky and charming She doesn t have old men or old women who befriend her and watch out for her She drinks too much and uses too many drugs She follows the unconventional teachings of French detective Jacques Silette, which seem to be a bit mystical, with a sort of Eastern sensibility No one really seems to like her, especially those who claim to want a mystery solved, but who don t want to know the truth This story takes p [...]

    25. I think this novel might just be a work of genius.Is the protagonist narrator a hard boiled PI with some mystical abilities, Chandler doused in Taoism Or is she a schizophrenic, self medicated with street drugs, who has invented half of what she tells us I don t know and I like that I don t know.Claire DeWitt moves through the underworld of New Orleans, just after Katrina, to find a missing ADA She uses, in her detection, old frienemies, new acquaintances, street people, Mardi Gras Indians, her [...]

    26. I m not sure where to start How about with this I don t recommend this book.There aren t any likeable characters In fact, I could care less if they all died Which, you know, seems entirely possible given how they live I m surprised that the greatest detective in the world is able to function at all when most of her time is spent high, or drunk, or both Much of the rest of her time is devoted to ridiculous attempts to discern truth using omens, dice, or dreams Actually, we could break it down Cla [...]

    27. 3.5 Stars .But I may change that after I ve had time to think about it for a while .This is beautifully written, and a very fast read lots of tiny chapters, which makes it easy to work through if you don t have a lot of time.I saw so many reviewers that I really respect giving this book great reviews, and I have to say that, even though I didn t have the same reaction, I don t disagree with them Claire DeWitt is a very intriguing character, and the story is fast paced and interesting.I think one [...]

    28. Ever been to New Orleans Well, don t go Ever That city turns nice kids into murderers Fathers of the Year into pedophiles Homecoming queens into crack whores The family dog into a shithouse rat There Now you don t have to read the book Claire is ballsy and I d kind of love to get drinks with her, but when it comes to New Orleans, she has only one thing to say We get it New Orleans is the Pit of Despair Don t even think about trying to escape The chains are far too thick But aside from the dreary [...]

    29. The novel quite often treads into the not so friendly areas of New Orleans as Claire tries to solve the disappearance of Vic Willing, and, as you might expect, she meets quite a few unsavory types There s a good deal of back story into how Claire DeWitt became a detective, as she was inspired by Constance Darling, who was a student of French detective, Jacques Silette Silette wrote Detection, a book that Claire constantly references as a means to guide her in her investigation She often pulls ph [...]

    30. I m not typically in the habit of picking up mysteries says the guy who has Sherlock Holmes in his currently reading list but I heard that this one was set in New Orleans so I decided to give it a go By page four I said, I GET IT ALREADY IT IS SET IN NEW ORLEANS okay so it turns out that was an overreaction but at the time I felt like Gran was trying to find every way possible to say, They are on a FAMOUS STREET in NEW ORLEANS and now they are visiting a FAMOUS BAR in NEW ORLEANS and now she s o [...]

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