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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 by the realization 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.

©1992 James Sallis; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"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)

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  • Jon
  • 01-25-11

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

Although ostensibly a detective novel, the Lew Griffin series, of which this is the first, ranges freely across genre boundaries. The books are quirky; sometimes plot driven narrative, sometimes existential meditation, and the result is strangely satisfying. The narrator seems perfectly attuned to his character, which contributes to an unusual, and an unusually enjoyable, listen.