this is NOT a cheery read. It is dark and atmospheric and a bit slow-moving at times - as another reader said, I often skimmed large segments in order to get to some action. You cannot be a squeamish person to get into this book but all in all, I recommend it. I prefer the Mary Russell novels I think.
Move over Stephen King: another King has joined the shelf of horror novels on the 'King' author' shelf. Laurie R. King's novel, The Bones of Paris, needs to be categorized in the "Horror" section, rather than as a "Mystery".
If you are a big fan of King's Sherlock Holmes series, as I am, put aside all preconceived notions before reading her latest novel. This book couldn't be more different. Set in 1920's Paris, we follow Harris Stuyvesant, an American PI, as he attempts to solve a missing persons case. Pip Crosby, a young american dedicated to new experiences, has not been seen for several months & her family is desperate for news. Harris once spent 5 days getting to know her very well & the case becomes personal. While searching, he comes into contact with the thriving art scene & Paris' seedy underground. Real life characters like Man Ray & Hemmingway are part of that community & things soon take on a creepy undertone as bones start to appear with alarming frequency. This is a slow moving story & the author writes every scene with much detail. At times, I found myself skimming to get to a point where something happened. If you hang in there, the pay off comes in the last quarter of the book, with a truly horrific resolution. Harris is a really interesting character with many demons & the author does an admirable job of recreating the atmosphere of a post war Paris inundated with americans & others, all looking for a good time. Just be prepared for a slow, thorough read unlike anything you've previously read by Ms. King. I would definitely read a sequel featuring Harris, hopefully one with a bit more action or a tighter edit but that's just a matter of taste.
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