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“Love this series!!!”patricia g wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was intrigued by the first book of this series, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, describing it in my review as “a slightly surreal, complex novel that is not just about the mystery of the missing… but also explores life’s larger mysteries, those of self, purpose and fate.” This novel is no different but I found I was less patient with Claire’s idiosyncrasies as she wandered around snorting coke waiting for the answers to the mystery of her ex boyfriends murder to find her as dictated by her ‘bible’, ‘Détection’. The plot wavers in favour of eccentricity and I found my attention waning, with the secondary case – a recall of one of Claire DeWitt’s first cases as a teenager- just barely sustaining interest. Though the writing is quite stunning and I admired some of the unique elements of character this literary crime novel was sadly a bit of a slog for me. ”Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is not my typical genre. A blurb said "if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel" it would be this book. David Lynch IS my typical genre, and I can kind of see what they are alluding too. There's a degree of mysticism in this book, but it was lacking the genius and quirkiness of Lynch.
Claire Dewitt is a tattooed drug addict version of Izzy Spellman. She'd probably be a fine character if she wasn't doing a line of cocaine every 15-seconds, followed by blood dripping out of her nose; and when he wasn't doing drugs, she was stealing them from somebody's medicine chest. Yawn. We get it. She has a drug problem.
Then we have the worst of San Francisco - a caricature of tattooed Vegans in Vintage clothing who visit herbalists for their overheated livers. Ugh.
As with many of these types of books, there was the primary mystery and a back-story mystery. And also as typical, the back-story as it remains unsolved, was the more interesting of the two cases. In addition to the back-story, there was a lot of what I felt was unnecessary detail about things which were in the story, but weren't relevant to the story.
The writing was fine, at times it felt a bit staccato to me, but either I got used to it or it got better as the book went on.
Since it's fresh in my mind, I feel like I'd like to read the next book because maybe the other mystery will get solved, but realistically in a couple of days I will have forgotten all about this book and will remember it as just average and not be inspired to pick up more. ”