Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - The Bones of Paris; Laurie King

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pick is for  a debut novel that I think sounds good. What do you think?

New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, consistently writes richly detailed and thoroughly suspenseful novels that bring a distant time and place to brilliant life. Now, in this thrilling new book, King 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 to troll the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. The American agent has a healthy appreciation for la vie de bohème, despite having worked for years at the U.S. Bureau of Investigation. The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty-two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting. Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down. He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up-and-coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on every rue and boulevard.

As Stuyvesant follows Philippa’s trail through the expatriate community of artists and writers, he finds that she is known to many of its famous—and infamous—inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company’s Sylvia Beach to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer Man Ray. But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn. At the Grand-Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect: depravity as art, savage human nature on stage.

Soon it becomes clear that one missing girl is a drop in the bucket. Here, amid the glittering lights of the cabarets, hides a monster whose artistic coup de grâce is to be rendered in blood. And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer . . . sifting through The Bones of Paris.

15 comments:

  1. Oohhh... Even the title attracts my attention. Added to TBR :)

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  2. Oh, you hooked me with Paris in the 1920s & that whole expatriate scene; and the search for the missing girl through these decadent ranks is definitely ratcheted up by all that the author is showing us about the times and the people. Can't wait to learn more.

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  3. Interesting pick. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. You had me at Laurie R. King. Fabulous pick!

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  5. Some day I will read this series!

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  6. This novel sounds delicious. I've never read anything about that period in Paris and have long wanted to. Paris and murder - what a combination.

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  7. That one sounds pretty interesting!

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  8. can't wait to read it either.
    now do you know I organize virtual book tours on things French. and this book is scheduled for September!
    so that would be your perfect way of getting it for free, and post your review on your blog. I still have a few spots available: http://francebooktours.com/2013/06/14/laurie-r-king-on-tour-the-bones-of-paris/

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  9. Ooo. The setting and time period is calling to me. Great pick!

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  10. Ah! Never heard of this, but the cover is just screams pick me up . Awesome pick!

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  11. That would have been perfect for my Tuesday quiz!

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  12. I'll have to tell my review partner Sandra about this one since she likes this author and this series.

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