When the Big Easy Isn’t

Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead book coverNo one really wants their mysteries solved.  This is one of the bits of wisdom we learn from Claire DeWitt, a private investigator just recovering from a breakdown.  A case brings her back to New Orleans, where she was trained in the art of Détection.  Her methods are unorthodox, to say the least, and often involve marijuana, dreams, hard work, and I Ching divination.  Still, Sara Gran’s new heroine is as hard-boiled as any noir detective from the 50s, and that helps when tracking down lies in a city still recovering from disaster.  Carol Monda brings to life the first-person narration in a dry, husky, world-weary voice that is perfect for the debut of Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead.