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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Sallis Narrator: G. Valmont Thomas Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Griffin Mysteries Release Date:
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In steamy New Orleans, black private detective Lew Griffin has taken on a seemingly hopeless missing-person case. The trail takes him through the underbelly of the French Quarter with its bar girls, pimps, and tourist attractions. As his search leads to one violent dead end and then another, Griffin is confronted with the prospect that his own life has come to resemble those of the people he is attempting to find.

Waking in a hospital after an alcoholic binge, Griffin finds another chance in a nurse who comes to love him, but again he reverts to his old life in the mean streets among the predators and their prey. When his son vanishes, Griffin searches back through the tangles and tatters of his life, knowing that he must solve his personal mysteries before he can venture after the whereabouts of others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not so much a detective story as a story about a detective…but one that exploits the conventions of the genre with quietly distinctive power.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Not so much a detective story as a story about a detective.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/19/2014

    " Less of a book and more a collection of 4 loosely collected stories. Not quite the decteive/noir novel I was expecting either. Very little actually happens. Mostly the main character stumbles around drunk or is in recovery from being drunk, and muses on race. There is some thoughtfull, well done writing that establishes itself more as prose at times which does improve the book slightly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim Niland | 2/6/2014

    " Lew Griffin is an African-American private investigator in New Orleans. In this book (the first in a five book series) we follow him through four inter-connected stories set roughly a decade apart each. In the beginning we see Griffin as something akin to a traditional private eye, complete with shabby office and requisite drinking problem. As the stories progress, things deviate from the traditional detective story. He still acts as a "finder" looking for missing people, but the focus of the book moves away from that pursuit. Sallis states in an interview included in the book that the Lew Griffin books do not have any plots themselves, but instead rely on voice and atmosphere to move them forward. This was confusing to me at first, because I am so used to reading crime fiction that is relentlessly plot driven. In this case, the narrative meanders along like the bayous and swamps that Sallis so evocatively describes. The atmosphere evoked by New Orleans and its history and music and the ennui of Griffin's voice and descriptions make for a melancholy but evocative story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 1/18/2014

    " Wow! This was a great novel. Look forward to reading Moth next and even more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew Neal | 11/19/2013

    " Fantastic. The way in which the author dipped in and out of Lew Griffin's life echoed the way Lew himself dipped in and out of life. A very clever assemblage of a portrait of a man by means of vignettes. I'm looking for ward to reading the next book featuring Lew. "

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