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Ghost of a Flea (Lew Griffin #6)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  86 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The mystery of Lew Griffin is revealed in the concluding novel of an honored series. In his old house in uptown New Orleans, Lew Griffin is alone...or almost. His relationship with Deborah is falling apart, his son, David, has disappeared again, leaving a note that sounds final. His friend Don Walsh, who is leaving the police department, is shot interrupting a robbery. And ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Walker Books (first published 2001)
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Richard Vialet
And finally we get to the grand finale of James Sallis's atypical, challenging, and elusive Lew Griffin series. This novel has solidified the feeling that all six books are just part of one large story, a singular investigation into Lew Griffin's own life and purpose. No single book in the series can stand on its own without the others surrounding it. These novels probably shouldn't even be considered crime fiction, but if they are, they should definitely be seen collectively as one of the brave ...more
Karl
Jul 28, 2015 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re - Reading originally read in 2003.

This copy is signed by the author.

One tends to forget the awesome power in Mr. Salis's writing.

Through the use of recollections, asides, parables, vignettists, and damn good story telling we travel through Lew Griffins history and present as they form the pinnacle of his life and adventures.

Yes characters are shot, but not all die, Characters have heart attacks and health problems. Folks are portrait as being human, even though not all are necessarily good pe
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David
Jul 22, 2013 David added it
I've decided this summer to go back and indulge in some favorite series back to back to back - Ian Fleming's Bonds, Freemantle's Charlie Muffin books, O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise series, Travis McGee, Vachss, and I thought I'd start with a return visit to Lew Griffin. Sallis hits the sweet spot for me as an author who honors the genre while using it to express his own personality and take on the world. Sallis is continually paying tribute - to New Orleans, to interesting books and authors, to mus ...more
Jeff
Feb 16, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing
I've just finished reading this series for the second time, but this is the first time I've read them all back to back. it's a brilliant series with a fascinating denouement.

By the author of Drive which was recently made into an acclaimed movie.
Toby Rowe
Mar 17, 2013 Toby Rowe rated it it was amazing
I feel truly fortunate to have had the chance to read twice through this series. There are no words I can offer as a 'review' to do justice to the simple magnificence of these books.
Charles
Dec 30, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
The end of the Lew Griffin series. Sallis's bravery as a writer shows through here. I was impressed.
Corey
Sep 13, 2009 Corey rated it really liked it
A surprising, impressionistic end to the Lew Griffin series. Beautiful prose.
Tyler Collison
May 07, 2016 Tyler Collison rated it it was amazing
This book can probably be appreciated on its own, but it shouldn't be. There is an almost shocking metanarrative in here as a reward to those who've read the whole series.

Ghost of a Flea is the color of heartwarming sadness, of the incredible, irreversible nostalgia one feels in one's fading days: the books incomplete, the people who've lost touch. The ability to write that into a book whose narrative action is not inherently focused on that—what genre is this, anyway? It's James Lee Burke meets
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BridgetT
Apr 29, 2016 BridgetT rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, 2016
What a unique experience! Not only the story that was told, but how it was told. (See my review for 'Eye of the Cricket'.) I read (listened to) all the 'Lew Griffin' books back to back. I would call the 6 books ONE book with 6 parts. And I know it will be my go-to again whenever I need to just ... relax and chill.
Steve
Aug 23, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
a lew griffin in new orleans. a short but heavy book. His friend Don Walsh, who is leaving the police department, is shot interrupting a robbery. And Lew is directionless: He hasn't written anything in years; he no longer teaches...there's nothing to fill his days. Even the attempt to discover the source of threatening letters to a friend leaves him feeling rootless and lost. Oy!
Andrew Neal
Jan 07, 2013 Andrew Neal rated it really liked it
My review of Moth (the second book in the series) sums up how I feel about the Lew Griffin books. (No spoilers):

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
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James Sallis (born 21 December 1944 in Helena, Arkansas) is an American crime writer, poet and musician, best known for his series of novels featuring the character Lew Griffin and set in New Orleans, and for his 2005 novel Drive, which was adapted into a 2011 film of the same name.
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Lew Griffin (6 books)
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  • Moth (Lew Griffin, #2)
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  • Eye of the Cricket (Lew Griffin, #4)
  • Bluebottle (Lew Griffin, #5)

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