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Cypress Grove by James Sallis
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Mar 09, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: mysteries
Recommended to Mary Helene by: Nick Mele
Read in March, 2008

This is the most eloquently written mystery I've read. Here's a quote, from p. 119
"I've been wondering how you were able to go three months without ever noticing no bills had been paid."
"Point taken." We watch a bat flap across moonlit sky. Scooping up gnats, mosquitoes and moths as it went, no doubt. Joyful is a human word, but it was hard to watch the bat's flight without its coming to mind.

Despite its beauty, it is also a dark book. Nick advised against reading his novels back to back, so I will space them out, but I felt oddly blessed by this one. In the midst of all this darkness - grace.

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