Sunday, March 18, 2012

2012 book 82

Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
I've been meaning to read this pretty much since it came out, but just wasn't sure I was up for a mystery involving Hurrican Katrina and post-Katrina New Orleans, even though my friend Andy kept telling me to read it. Anyway, I'm glad I finally did, because it was excellent. Claire DeWitt is easily the most unconventional detective I've ever read about--she has a weird mystical type of detection going on, which was really interesting to read about, and was definitely not predictable. Gran does a great job evoking post-Katrina New Orleans, which means this book is often dark and depressing, but doesn't make it any less great. A/A-.

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