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The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King

The Bones of Paris

by Laurie R. King

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I've never been disappointed by Ms. King yet. This new series set in post World War I, follows the detective work of Harris who is looking for a missing girl. The author uses the background of the Surrealist movement to great effect in creating a kind of creepy atmosphere to the story. I'm looking forward to more novels in this series! ( )
  tjsjohanna | Dec 16, 2014 |
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I haven't read any other books in this series, so when it was subtitled a Stuyvesant and Grey Novel, I was expecting to have both of them working on the missing person in Paris case. Stuyvesant is hired by an American family to find their missing daughter/niece, mostly because he'd encountered her and her friend a few months previously in another city. He eventually ends up sending some photographic evidence to Grey to get a second opinionn and that triggers his visit to the City of Light. But they end up having maybe three scenes together as the action heats up and they get separated. I was really looking forward to seeing how Grey's ability to tell truth from lie and to quickly infer facts from his keen (overly keen, due to a serious injury from WWI) perceptions, but we barely get to see him at work. Stuyvesant is a big bumbling American, he drinks too much, is susceptible to women, and has a temper, a fairly standard issue private eye. 1929 Paris is more of a character than Grey, inhabited by artists of all stripes. Man Ray appears often, and we see Hemingway a few times, plus a Dali sketch. It was well written and tensly plotted and the gory details weren't too obviously sketched but enough to give a sense of the horror surrounding the Grand Guignol theatre. ( )
  silentq | Dec 15, 2014 |
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To prepare for this book, I read Touchstone and I'm glad I did. I think this book would have been rather confusing otherwise as it assumes the reader's knowledge of the events in the previous book. Harris Stuyvesant, rather than the competent government agent we last saw in England, is a private detective in Paris, battered by the events of the previous book. I was disappointed to see him so broken and constantly making poor choice. Both Greys, brother and sister, appear, but for less page time than I would have liked.

The setting is fantastic and the mystery intriguing and macabre, but I hope there is a third book to redeem our main character.
  casamoomba | Dec 13, 2014 |
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The Bones of Paris is a great mystery set in 1920s Paris. Laurie R. King is deft in her creation of the characters. The drama and suspense of this case of Harris Stuyvesant's is something that keeps you from putting this book down. Paris even becomes a character as the book progresses. All in all, this is a great book to read when you want to travel back in time and enjoy a mystery.
  jeshakespeare | Dec 8, 2014 |
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Synopsis: After the devastating events in England, Stuyvesant finds himself in Germany next to penniless and depressed. He receives a letter from the mother and uncle of a young flapper who has disappeared. In his search for Pip Crosby, he finds a lost love and a nest of sadists hiding under the guise of artists.
Review: If you've ever been to the catacombs in Paris, or if you haven't, this will chill your blood. Some surrealists enjoy presenting 'shock' art. This book is based on these sorts of folks. Thankfully many of the chapters are short; you either need a relief from the tension or a place to stop so that you don't read all night. ( )
  DrLed | Dec 4, 2014 |
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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.
The award-winning novels of Laurie R. King are . . .
“Delightful and creative.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Audacious.”—Los Angeles Times
“Rousing . . . riveting . . . suspenseful.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Imaginative and subtle.”—The Seattle Times
“Impossible to put down.”—Romantic Times
“Beguiling . . . tantalizing.”—The Boston Globe

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Paris, France: September 1929. Private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, on the hunt for a missing twenty-two year old woman from Boston, must descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer hiding in the Theatre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre.… (more)

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