Creepy. I usually read mystery cozies, historical mysteries, whodunit type books. But, as a fan of King's Mary Russell series, I thought I would try this book. If I had to describe it, I would say that it is part Edgar Allen Poe and part Ian Rankin. Almost all of the characters are broken in some way - either mentally or physically or both. The story takes place in Paris circa 1929. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements which spiral clockwise starting at the Louve - arr. 1 in the heart of the city. This story takes place in Montparnasse - arr. 14. During post world war I, it was home and hide-out to the bohemian culture where many famous or soon to be famous authors, artists, and performers created and socialized. It was a place where anything goes. The main character, Harris Stuyvesant, is a broken man and a private investigator who is looking for a missing young woman. He discovers that Montparnasse has a hidden secret of multiple missing persons. And, this is where the roller coaster begins. You slide in a world of gorey people without being subjected to gore, of art that is beyond genius but, bent towards the inconceivable, and of people who are just trying to enjoy life without any consequences.
The book is very disturbing. But, similar to a train wreck, you are compelled to watch - or, in the case, read on to the end.
I would recommend this book to people who like a mystery with macrabre. It is intense. And, I guarantee that whether you like it or place it in the back of your closet covered with crosses, you will think about this story for a long time.