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The Bones of Paris (Harris Stuyvesant #2)

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In this thrilling new book New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age—and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens.

Paris, France: September 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator’s dream—he’s getting paid t
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2013)
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This could be a classic case of 'it's-not-the-book-it's-me' but my patience is wearing thin at the moment. Even though the writing is excellent and the casual insertion of names like Dashiell Hammett and Hemingway as rising stars in the world of literature and inclusion of Sylvia Beach and Picasso as actual characters surely do much more than just grab the reader's attention, I am a little disappointed with the snail's pace at which the plot is progressing. And in a suspense thriller, the pace i ...more
The reading slump marches onward, as do I. I almost feel like the poster child for one of those anger management classes where we discuss our feelings and the source of our discontent and why we have problems dealing with our emotional issues and why we can’t get along and actually be productive, contributing members to society. I don’t have a valid reason for my current behavior, other than to say I’ve been disappointed and repelled with the current crop of books that has made its way onto my K ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense opens in Paris in September 1929. Harris Stuyvesant, the former agent of the US Bureau of Investigation (later to become the FBI)is attempting to shake off the aftershocks of the case in the first book in this series, Touchstone. He is hired by the family of Philippa Crosby, a beautiful 22-year old American who has disappeared after living, modeling, acting, and socializing in Montparnesse -- and also after having a brief fling with Harris, which complicat ...more
First Sentence: The envelope reached Bennett Grey early Wednesday afternoon.

There’s nothing to equal a powerful opening that contains evocative descriptions which paint mental pictures. We feel a connection to Bennett, even though we know nothing about him. King has captivated us and ensured our waiting to follow along, even if it is to a sex-scented bedroom in Paris.

Unfortunately, we also soon run into an issue which can be very annoying. Apparently, there was a prior book with these characters

If the first book in this series, Touchstone, represents Laurie R King's excursion into the thriller genre, then this follow up novel featuring the same central protagonist is King's experiment with noir. Set in Paris shortly before the stock market crash of 1929, former Bureau of Investigation agent Harris Stuyvesant, now an occasional private investigator, is employed to find a missing American woman. Stuyvesant's discovery that the woman had links with the art world in Paris brings him into c
Judy Ball
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am very disappointed, because I usually love Laurie King's work. If one had not read Touchstone, the prequel to Bones of Paris, I cannot imagine developing any good feelings for the main characters at all. Fortunately, I read Touchstone immediately before Bones of Paris, so I was familiar with Harris, Sarah, and Bennett, their individual and collective histories, and their traumas, both emotional and physical. Bones of Paris reveals so little of this that Harris, in particular, could be seen s ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Paris, 1929. Harris Stuyvesant, a big blonde American with a crooked nose and a messy history, has spent the last three years moving around Europe, doing odd jobs and working intermittently as a private investigator. Hired by the uncle and mother of a young American woman who's gone missing, he moves to Paris to begin the search.

Philippa - Pip - Crosby is twenty-two and hasn't been seen or heard from since March; it's now September. She went to France like many of her countrymen, to have a good
Marge Anderson
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not even Jazz Age Paris could save the plot.

I love Paris. I love Paris in the 20's. I love the emerging modernists - Gertrude Stein, Hemmingway, and all of the other artists lurking the grotty streets after WWI. I love burly, noir protagonists.

This book had all of those virtues front-loaded into it, and it STILL was a complete chore to finish it.

Spoilerish-Alert: The plot - Girl disappears. Slouching, manly detective with pugilistic tendencies and a soft spot for pretty dames investigates. Girl
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
when art is indistinguishable from real life, it comes alive. And when it lives, it changes the viewer.

I read the Beekeeper's apprentice many moons ago, and loved it. When I selected The Bones of Paris, I did not realize that this was the second book in one the author's other series. None the less I also enjoyed it, especially the descriptions of 1920 Paris. It felt like I could see, hear and smell the city. I also enjoyed her inclusion of historical characters like Ernest Hemingway and Man Ray
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
What happened, Laurie? You used to write the best mysteries. "The Bones of Paris" read like something you wrote because you had to. Not because you wanted to. I only finished it in hopes the end would redeem the beginning. It didn't.

This is apparently the second in a series featuring an American investigator, Harris Stuyvesant, living in Europe. (I missed reading the first installment, Testament). Harris is a walking cliche--supposedly a great investigator even though he spends all of his time b
Maine Colonial
Aug 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Paris in the Jazz Age is a terrific hook for a mystery, and Laurie R. King gives us many of the big names (Man Ray, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, just to name a few) who added extra glow to the City of Light in the 1920s. She also includes plenty of descriptions of Paris's streets and haunts as well as French food and dialog. All this is to the good.

Where things go wrong is with the characters. This is not part of the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series. Instead, it features the charact
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it. I wish she wrote more than these two books about Stuyvesant and Grey. I really enjoyed their personalities. I'm going on to read her Kate Martinelli series as I really like her prose.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
As darkly beautiful as its predecessor, with an enjoyable unpredictability to its twists and turns, firmly set in its place as any of the author's very best. These characters are some of my favorites. I enjoyed spending time with them again, I enjoyed meeting their new friends and associates, and I enjoyed the surprises they gave me this time around.
Excellent story, excellent mystery, and very aptly named.

ETA: Definitely read Touchstonebefore you read this. It makes a difference to know who the
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Source: Received an e-ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Apparently I may sometimes lack reading comprehension because I totally thought this was the latest Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes book. I kept waiting for them to pop up and orient me in the story! Then I finally looked at it on goodreads and discovered that it is a second book (which helps explain why I felt a bit off balance while reading-presumably someone who has read the first book would be
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Laurie R. King does it again. (Harris Stuyvesant #2)

From the first sentence, to the very last, The Bones of Paris is a wonderful novel. The first sentence is powerful, and the story is well-structured. The descriptions of Paris in the 1920's is evocative, and paints a beautiful picture. I felt connections to the characters, as usual with King's novels, even though we know nothing about them. And the primary narrator, Harris Stuyvesant, is a perfect reflection of the time period in which this nov
It's Paris, in September 1929. Prohibition is still going on in the US, and there is a huge expatriate community of Americans in the City of Light. Many of the artists have moved on, but not Picasso. Not Man Ray.

Private Detective Harris Stuyvesant wakes up with a hangover ... and a prostitute next to him in bed. He's trying to track down a missing American heiress ... one who has also been next to him in bed. And he's doing it through the Montparnasse art community.

Peopled with the famous and i
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this exciting second book featuring Harris Stuyvesant, Laurie King takes us to Paris. It is 1929, and Stuyvesant is working on his own after leaving the fledgling FBI. He is searching for a missing young American woman. Stuyvesant visits many of the cabarets where he learns that Philippa Crosby is known by other American artists and writers who have taken to the free and easy live of bohemian Paris. In his search Stuyvesant comes across a former love and sister of his friend, Bennett Grey, wh ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I'm a huge Laurie R. King fan. As much of a fan as I am, I just realized while reading this book that she uses three very distinct tones for each of her three series. The Mary Russell series is salty and craggy but twinkling. The Kate Martinelli is cleaner, crisp and efficient. Now that she has written the second book in what I hope will become a Harris Suyvesant/Bennett Gray series, I realize the tone is claustrophobic, gritty and decadent in an oily way. The Bones of Paris cap ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laurie King's Mary Russell series is one of those stories that you keep going back to because its so well done and the characters become such a part of your life. Not realizing that Bones of Paris was part of another series, let alone not part of Mary Russell's series, I grabbed it from the library excited to have the latest book in my possession. I was not disappointed that this story was not part of the Mary Russell series because the character of Bennett Grey grabs you right off the bat. Why ...more
K.A. Wiggins
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyable 1920s mystery-thriller with a distinctly creepy vibe. Works in a large and colourful cast of American and Parisian artists of note. Complex, twisty plot with more of an edgy note than King's Holmes & Russell mysteries.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The dance of death capers to a lively jazz tune beneath the city of lights. You can almost hear the beat take on a frenetic turn as some people realize that the good times can’t possibly last.

It is September, 1929. Jazz Age Paris, and the booming U.S. stock market has made it possible for the thriving artistic expatriate community that became the hallmark of the era to exist, is about to go smash.

In The Bones of Paris, it feels as if Harris Stuyvesant’s hun
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am always awaiting the newest Laurie King book...I'm a huge fan of her Mary Russell books. I absolutely loved this one, which is a departure from that series, but picked up the same characters of her stand alone book Touchstone, which I also devoured. Taking place in 1929 Paris, and centering on the ex patriot Montparnasse art scene, it was so up my alley! I was rather proud of myself for recognizing the vast majority of artists mentioned...Man Ray as a focus, and Kiki of Montparnasse, a famou ...more
Lisa B.
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

Harris Stuyvesant takes a job trying to locate a young American girl who has gone missing. Set in 1929 Paris, when surreal art is very popular, he becomes entwined in something far more sinister than the missing of one individual. When an old flame and a good friend get caught up in the evil doings, the story really becomes exciting!

I thought this was very smartly written. There are many characters, but the author did an outstanding job of keeping the story line straight and clear. I
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set in 1927's called "a novel of suspense" and it is just that!

I liked the characters and the decadents....cops, war veterans who survived WWI and its horrors.

Set in the middle of a mansion in Paris is a clock that has four faces which represent black/white, night/day, male/female, and each of the four seasons. Add into the mix a mad Count, his assistants and a cop searching for a missing American girl, an English brother and sister (these 2 were in a prior book ....
Naomi Blackburn
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read my full review:

My opinion: LOVED this book. A lover of Mary R. King's Mary/Sherlock series, I was unaware of this historical fiction mystery series. That will be a mistake that is quickly corrected.

I love how Ms. King is able to take the reader right back to the period of time with an authenticity accomplished through a clear research of the period, including real people of the time. Furthermore, her character development allows readers to "get into the heads" of the ch
Ken Fredette
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a very good detective story in 1929 Paris. Harris Stuyvesant work for the FBI before he became an independent detective working around Europe. He solves the case (read "The Bones of Paris"). It was a fun read with twists.
Tanja Berg
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Given up at page 49. The rating is only for the pages I've read. It's possibly it might have picked up later, but at this point I do not give a hoot. Unsympathetic main character and no forward movement at all. Not going to bother.
Bill Currie
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
A change from the Mary Russell series to other King's books has proven to be just as satisfying. Set in Paris in 1929, an American private eye is hired to find an American women that has stopped corresponding with her family. The connection appears to be with the art, acting and music community of Monteparnes with notable artists and a long ancestored aristocrat. But putting the pieces together of numerous missing persons and the dead pulls together famous artists and musicians alike as the sear ...more
Dave Durham
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it.
Set in 1927 Paris, it's a detective novel with the bonus of taking place in Central Paris during the surrealist movement. Mixes art, jazz, love and murder with a stroll thru the Parisian catacombs.
My favorite novel this year.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
PARIS in the title. The Eiffel Tower on the front cover. Most of the story in Paris in the 1920's. What's not to like? When I picked the book up at the library, I couldn't wait to read it. I found the premise interesting: a missing young Boston woman and a detective hired to find her.

From there, the graphics were rather dark, gruesome, perhaps macabre? I had difficulty getting through it, but it might have just been me at the time. What I noted about the book was that the detective, Harris Stuyv
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