New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.
©2013 Laurie R. King (P)2013 Recorded Books
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is the first book in a new series for King. I can understand that she might be feeling burned out on Mary Russell and want a change. I just wasn't sure about this one.
First of all this story takes place in Paris, and I speak NO French. There was a lot of French conversation going on, and while King was generally good about going back and providing the translation, there was so much of it, I got impatient at times.
Second, the story was creepy. A lot of the creepiness was my own imagination kicking in, I admit. And I admit that it is an indicator of how good a writer King is that I could feel that creeped out on the basis of so few details. And I know that many people like creepiness. To let you gauge how timid I am when it comes to creepiness, I don't read Stephen King or Dean Koontz at all because I'm afraid of them. So you can judge this based on your personal Creepometer. If you read Stephen King or Dean Koontz, you shouldn't have any problem with this book. But if you are a solid yellow coward when it comes to creepiness, beware.
I like the main character (mostly). He is a manly man. I like his English friend and hope he will turn up in future books in the series. I like the way real people who were really in Paris at the time turn up in the story. (I really got a kick from the Hemingway references.) Ms. King always seems to do massive research about her locations and includes details that make a place and time come to life.
The plot was complex. There were several very viable candidates to choose from for the role of murderer, and I didn't figure out who it was until close to the end.
Bottom line: I WILL be getting the next book in this series. I recommend that you try it.
Laurie R. King makes 1920s Paris alive in this story of Harris Stuyvesant's search for young Pip Crosby. He follows Pip's trail through amusement parks, coffee shops, bookstores, an eccentric aristocratic mansion, a taxidermist's lab, and the gut-wrenching experience of the Theatre du Grand Guignol. Jefferson Mays's narration communicates the sounds, sights, and smells of a wide range of settings and characters. Mays gives voice to King's masterful storytelling. Dare we all hope that we'll hear and read more about Harris Stuyvesant? I do!
Probably not for a long time. It was quite memorable.
Well written. Ms. King both writes elegantly and invariably delivers a riveting plot.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is a book on the darker side of Paris in the 20s. It explores the Noire artists, such as Dali a Man Ray. It's fascinating for it's insight into that part of the art form, and it's insiight to people recovering from ww1. It's a romp of a read. I would not suggest it to anyone with a weak stomach. It's not gratuitously graphic, but some of it is a bit rough.
This was a very good book. I've always liked Laurie R. King, and her 'Folly' was one of my favorites. Although very different from 'Folly', there are things in common. Both stories began somewhat slowly, and things would happen that didn't seem to have any bearing on the mystery, but that in the end, were huge pieces of the puzzle.
Paris, and the 1920s, are beautifully laid out. And having just returned from Paris, it was like greeting an old friend. King's descriptions are wonderful and really bring the listener into that time and place.
A wonderful book, with well drawn characters, a compelling mystery, and a real view into a place and time now gone into the fog of time.
The use of real historical characters let me figure out who did it. I am not a fan of period novels, and this one was no exception to my normal aversion. The "real" people were not always portrayed as I think they should have been, and many of the fictional people were not very believable.
Graphic Designer. Culinary Enthusiast. Mostly User Friendly.
The pace of this book was a little slow, especially through the beginning, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that it was set in 1920's Paris, with famous artists of the day popping in and out of the storyline, and the focus on the Surrealist movement and the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was fascinating. I didn't realize this was the second book in a series, and I liked it enough that I plan to read the first, Touchstone.
its kind of long and dry and could of really of shorten this up alot
seems like I seen something similar to this on the Twilte Zone or Alfred Hitchcock movie
I double it.
Jefferson Mays reads extremely fast many times, making it difficult to follow the story. It reminded me of commercials where, at the end, a person reads the mandated words at machine gun pace and in one breath.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content