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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
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Nov 28, 2011

it was ok

I waited a few days to review thinking my opinion would change. It didn't. The concept is interesting - a mystical private investigator who is the best in the world and has her own personal unsolved mystery. I just couldn't get past all the coincidences that weren't explained by the resolution. She happened to be in NY on 9/11 so she could answer someone's question about it. She happened to pick up a dirty business card. She happened to be in the right neighborhood, turn the right corner. I also couldn't stop questioning how someone could drink so much and do so many drugs and still function the next day and be the best at her job. Although the carry over high might explain why she thought she would be ok on her own with one gun against a gang that was described as being armed for battle. And for some reason it bothered me that OPP was explained as Orleans Parish Prison more than once. The book wasn't that long. I didn't forget. Disappointed that the book didn't live up to the great cover and title.
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Orla Hegarty My sentiments exactly. Thanks.

Diane Thank you. I didn't much like the drugs, guns and can't figure out how folks say the character was well-drawn. Thought I missed something, but apparently not.

Lauren Ever heard of "willing suspense of disbelief?" Sheesh. People can do some awesomely weird, crazy, and strangely amazing things on drugs. I'm not trying to agree with DeWitt's proclivities, but you'll notice a lot of people who "bear the burden" of the world have dangerous ways of coping. Some of the most brilliant are also the most troubled. Maybe it's along the lines of the Poe/Hawthorne divide in terms of literary style...

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