"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?
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
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.