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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,473 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Gran Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Claire DeWitt Mysteries Release Date:
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Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, the city she’s avoided since her mentor, Silette’s student Constance Darling, was murdered there. Claire is investigating the disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide-plagued city. Has an angry criminal enacted revenge on Vic? Or did he use the storm as means to disappear? Claire follows the clues, finding old friends and making new enemies—foremost among them Andray Fairview, a young gang member who just might hold the key to the mystery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is not to be missed—Claire is a moody, hip, and meticulous investigator. Gran builds an addictive sense of anticipation with a fantastical frame. Alternately gritty and dreamy, this would appeal to those who liked Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist and readers of Charlie Huston.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “With Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Gran elevates the detective story as literature and brings together a sophisticated mystery, a witty, antagonistic private eye, and a city she knows too well.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Delicious and addictive.”


  • “The book is beautifully written in a tight, quirky style that distinguishes Gran as one of the more original writers working today.”

    Associated Press

  • Winner of the 2012 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2012 Shamus Award Nominee for Best First PI Novel
  • A 2011 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 2/8/2014

    " I didn't really care about any of the characters for the first half, which made it hard to keep them straight. I won't use a spoiler, but one conversation made a crack in Claire's case, and I suddenly cared. So I went back and re-read from nearly the beginning to get the background on that one interview. That time I liked it much better and ultimately I would probably read a sequel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/8/2014

    " I didn't read the whole thing, to many references to a book I've never heard of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz Krummell | 1/29/2014

    " The references to Silette are kind of lame but I lkied the rest of the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deborah | 1/24/2014

    " This is an odd but compelling book. I am interested to see how the writer continues with Claire DeWitt. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Gran

Sara Gran is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Come Closer and Dope, as well as the Claire DeWitt series. She also writes for film and television (including TNT’s Southland) and has published in the New York Times, New Orleans Times Picayune, and USA Today. She is a former bookseller and a native of Brooklyn.