Created by Sara Gran
But we certainly passed through there on our way here. Anyone expecting author Sara Gunn to simply milk the noir vein she tapped so well in her classic Dope has another think coming.
Twentyish private eye CLAIRE DeWITT is, well, different.
Imagine the squeaky clean Nancy Drew all grown up and adult and totally alive, complete with raging hormones and all sorts of nasty habits, turned professional investigator -- and relying on a lot more than good girl pluck, kiddie pulp coincidence, a wealthy daddy and her Wonder Bread chums to crack a case.
Besides her own natural instincts, Claire relies on dreams, omens, her troubled past, I-Ching readings, assorted substances (controlled and otherwise) and the teaching of a legendary book, Detecion, written by an enigmatic French detective/philosopher, Jacques Silete -- anything and everything to get the job done.
And it's that anything-and-everything approach, the woozy literary equivalent of a mid-sixties-era Bob Dylan song, that makes this book such a hoot. Something may be happening here, but you won't know what it is...
... and those handle-stealing vandals just aren't any help.
You want another pop/rock reference? Claire displays a "What is it? I'll take it" view of drugs similar to Dr. Jimmy in The Who's Quadrophenia.
Dogged and determined (and frequently stoned), Claire will use whatever it takes when she's hired by his nephew to locate straight arrow New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Vic Willing, who hasn't been seen since Katrina, in Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead (2011). It's a metaphysical, philosophical headspinner of a detective novel that had no damn business being so much fun.
-- Laura Lippman
-- Sue Grafton
-- D.L. Browne, from the I Love a Mystery/Thrilling Detective review
Cases mentioned in the novels, but so far unrecorded...
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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