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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (29 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: June 2011 ISBN: 9781611742572
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Newly arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, edgy, self-destructive private eye Claire DeWitt investigates the disappearance of a successful prosecutor. Did an angry criminal take revenge, or did the man use the storm as a means to disappear? A young gang m Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    Salon

  • “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 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 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 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 Deborah | 1/24/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tera | 1/7/2014

    " Long drawn out and not so interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonnie | 1/2/2014

    " This is a good little mystery by an accomplished author. If you're looking for a summer mystery with heart, this will do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hendi | 12/13/2013

    " A strange and original mystery with an oddly likable narrator, written by a fellow Tufts alum... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/3/2013

    " So, I didn't notice that the parrot on the cover was green until I was almost finished with the book...if you've read the book, you get it and if you haven't read the book, you should. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Bhuta | 12/3/2013

    " Entertaining characters, but a somewhat predictable story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 11/18/2013

    " Sort of bizarre - but a think piece after the fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/6/2013

    " I am not really sure how I fell about this book. I finished it in 2 days which I guess says something. I was not really happy with the drug use, FWIW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 8/31/2013

    " A bit of a wacky mystery. Claire solves mysteries by getting wasted, wandering around talking to people and finding clues. Go Claire -- you have the BEST job EVER! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Simons | 2/18/2013

    " I loved this book. I love Claire, I loved the characters, I loved the description--I loved everything about it. I cannot wait for more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/4/2012

    " OK book. Slow...it did hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Rossi | 12/2/2012

    " I loved this book. It sold itself as a new kind of mystery book, and it lived up to its promise. I loved the philosophical bent about mysteries and happy endings. Though definitely not the New Orleans I know and love, it was interesting to see a different take on the city post-Katrina. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/6/2012

    " Devoured this. Hope it becomes a series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trae | 9/26/2011

    " One of the best mysteries I've read in a while. Fun, occassionally funny, exciting and just damned enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Rader | 9/18/2011

    " A quick and entertaining read. Crime fiction isn't usually my thing, but this one was strange enough that I liked it. I love it when books have lots of little details that all come together at the end. Very enjoyable. I will definitely get the next in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Albert | 9/17/2011

    " Claire DeWitt is one of the best female characters I've read in a long time. She is messed up, intelligent, interesting and alive. I loved the dark magic through out the story and the vividness of the tale. Hopefully there will be more to come soon from Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Jones | 7/12/2011

    " Brillant. I'm ready for more Claire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reading Sarah | 6/21/2011

    " Started slow and almost put it down for good. Picked it back up and really got into the atmosphere of the book, and all of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 6/18/2011

    " Nice summer read- Claire was a cross between Stephanie Plum and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Can't help but like some of the characters- looks like a new series was born. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/18/2011

    " I loved this book. As a traditional mystery it may be lacking a little in plot, but the sense/feeling of New Orleans and its characters that she created were great. I look forward to her next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonia | 6/18/2011

    " Interesting look at post-Katrina NOLA; strong female detective. However, despite this, I often didn't care about either the story or finding a resolution to the mystery. That's a pretty big problem in a mystery novel; I'm shocked that I liked it as much as I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/15/2011

    " Here's the short version: This book will take the top of your head off. In a good way. Not because it's grisly or gory, because it's a whole new way to think about mysteries. Terrific writing and bold, bold story-telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendyhudson | 6/13/2011

    " Loved this edgy mystery set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Claire is a unique PI that isn't above drinking heavily on the job and looking at everything through an existential physics kind of lens... good stuff! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 6/6/2011

    " Although it got a great recommendation from Sue Grafton on the cover, I didn't think it was that good. More introspection/commentary of New Orleans after Katrina than mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/31/2011

    " Really inventive. Still mulling. Will do more formal review later "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jena | 5/28/2011

    " it was mostly ok except for the gratuitous drug use, and over-simplification of seriously complex racial and socio-economic issues that deserve to be handled with more care. a little overly dramatic in general, i think. some nice mysticism though. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Gran

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

About the Narrator

Carol Monda is an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen. She is an accomplished voice-over artist and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, having lent her voice to over one hundred audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers by Jodi Picoult, Lucia Berlin, Lisa Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, Colum McCann, and Carla Neggers.