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Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran
  

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

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One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013.

Maxim Jakubowski's October 2013 Book of the Month.

There are quirky detectives and there are even quirkier sleuths, but Claire DeWitt is the most bizarre and endearing of them all. As a teenager she came across a bizarre detection manual by an apocryphal early 20th century French master detective and set herself up as a modern incarnation of Nancy Drew alongside a close friend, who later disappeared. Her whole life since has followed the enigmatic rules of the book. Following her introduction in CITY OF THE DEAD in which a case in New Orleans unfolded in the most surreal way, she is now back in San Francisco and more than ever struggling with her inner devils, drugs and the presence of the past. Colourful cohorts and a zen-like approach to investigative work characterise her progress through a devious plot with hidden treasures, thrills and surprises, but more than the actual meandering story, it is this most unique sleuthette who will stay in your mind for a long time. I can't wait for her next case and secretly hope against hope she will find some form of peace.

July 2013 Book of the Month.

The Lovereading view...

The Bohemian Highway is the eagerly awaited second book in the Claire DeWitt series that began with City of the Dead and introduced us to a smart, hip detective whose expertise and methods derive from a unique source; a certain book she cherishes called Detection written by the great and tragic French private detective, Jacques Silette.

Her second case is a lot more personal as it is the murder of her ex-boyfriend. An extraordinarily powerful, mystical and moving literary thriller from a talented author who is well worth discovering.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Claire De Witt and the Bohemian Highway a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'I set this novel alongside those of Chandler, Hammett, Millar and Macdonald without hesitation, and recommend it to any fan of the PI genre who wonders how Marlowe, Spade, Sands and the rest of them would have coped with the twenty-first century' - Cath Humphris. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt's musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his home in San Francisco's Mission District, the police are convinced it's a simple robbery. But, as Claire knows, nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding possible leads to Paul's fate in other cases - a long-ago missing girl and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: 'The detective won't know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.'

Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway. You can read their reviews below.

Cath Humphris - 'I set this novel alongside those of Chandler, Hammett, Millar and Macdonald without hesitation, and recommend it to any fan of the PI genre who wonders how Marlowe, Spade, Sands and the rest of them would have coped with the twenty-first century.' Click here to read the full review.

Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is an intelligent novel that keeps your attention all the time. It also tests you with the way it moves along, weaving different strands throughout the story.' Click here to read the full review.

Edel Waugh - http://edelwaugh.blogspot.ie - 'This story is hard to put down so takes hardly any time to read. It is the story of a death and a journey and a very satisfying ending. This is a series set in San Francisco that I will definitely be following from now on.' Click here to read the full review.

Ruth Paterson - 'Claire herself is not a likeable character. She is to be admired for her strength of character and drive to solve at least one crime at a time...Whilst this character lends itself to the type of crime and drama that ensues, I am afraid the whole novel was too gritty for my taste.' Click here to read the full review.

William Alexander - Twitter: @Hypothesising - 'Sara Gran’s Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway makes the detective genre feel new again...Gran’s style of writing is simple, she lets her great imagination unfold the story, with a multitude of twists and light hearted moments that help to keep the story flowing smoothly.' Click here to read the full review.

Suzanne Marsh - www.ireadnovels.wordpress.com - 'Claire Dewitt reminds me of miss Marple solving crimes, the only difference is that Claire Dewitt takes cocaine.' Cick here to read the full review.

About the Author

Sara Gran

Sara Gran is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Come Closer and Dope. She also writes for film and TV (including TNT's 'Southland') and has published in The New York Times, The New Orleans Times Picayune, and USA Today.

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Publication date

4th July 2013

Author

Sara Gran

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Publisher

Faber and Faber Crime an imprint of Faber and Faber

Format

Paperback

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ISBN

9780571259229

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