I love this book! Absolutely love it. This is the first fresh literary voice I've heard in years. - Sue Grafton, A is for Alibi
Please join us when Sara Gran returns to Octavia Books to read and sign her new, New Orleans-set novel, CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD.
Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant
deductive skills and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also
uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve
mysteries, and relies on Détection — the only book published by the late, great, and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette.
The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, the city she’s avoided since her mentor, Silette’s student Constance Darling, was murdered there. Claire is investigating the disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide- plagued city. Has an angry criminal enacted revenge on Vic? Or did he use the storm as a means to disappear? Claire follows the clues, finding old friends and making new enemies — foremost among them Andray Fairview, a young gang member who just might hold the key to the mystery.
Littered with memories of Claire’s years as a girl detective in 1980s Brooklyn, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a knockout start to a bracingly original new series.
SARA GRAN is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Come Closer, a psychological thriller hailed as "hypnotic, disturbing . . . Genuinely scary" (Bret Easton Ellis), and Dope, a noir homage. A former bookseller and native of Brooklyn, and a former resident of New Orleans, she now lives in Northern California.
In the first of a new mystery series featuring quirky private investigator Claire DeWitt, Claire investigates the disappearance of a top prosecutor in post-Katrina New Orleans.