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The Bones of Paris (Harris Stuyvesant)

By Laurie R. King

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New York instances bestselling writer Laurie R. King, liked for her acclaimed Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes sequence, constantly writes richly unique and punctiliously suspenseful novels that carry a far off time and position to significant lifestyles. Now, during this exciting new publication, King leads readers into the colourful and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age—and finds the darkest secrets and techniques of its denizens.
 
Paris, France: September 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the task is a personal investigator’s dream—he’s getting paid to prowl the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, searching for a good looking younger girl. the yank agent has a fit appreciation for la vie de bohème, regardless of having labored for years on the U.S. Bureau of research. The lacking individual in query is Philippa Crosby, a twenty-two 12 months outdated from Boston who has been residing in Paris, modeling and performing. Her relations turned alarmed while she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to trace her down. He fully expects to discover her within the hands of a few up-and-coming artist, possibly experimenting with the decadent way of life that's all of sudden to be had on each rue and boulevard.
 
As Stuyvesant follows Philippa’s path during the expatriate group of artists and writers, he reveals that she is understood to lots of its famous—and infamous—inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company’s Sylvia seashore to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer guy Ray. but if the facts leads Stuyvesant to the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, his research takes a pointy, aggravating flip. on the Grand-Guignol, homicide, madness, and sexual perversion are all staged to stunning, brutal impact: depravity as paintings, savage human nature on stage.
 
quickly it turns into transparent that one lacking woman is a drop within the bucket. the following, amid the glittering lighting fixtures of the cabarets, hides a monster whose creative coup de grâce is to be rendered in blood. And Stuyvesant must descend into the darkest depths of perversion to discover a killer . . . sifting via The Bones of Paris.

Praise for The Bones of Paris
 
“Haunting . . .  a portrait of town of sunshine that glows with the fires of Hell.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“A compelling mystery . . . advanced, greater than a bit kinky, and totally fascinating.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“Highly pleasing . . . Laurie R. King completely captures [the Jazz Age] as she explores town of Light’s avenues and alleys.”—The Denver Post
 
“Engrossing . . . Readers who get pleasure from Laurie R. King’s noteworthy Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes secret sequence are in for a surprise.”BookPage
 
“A chilling secret and a haunting love letter to the Paris of Hemingway’s misplaced Generation.”—Library Journal

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Might be it used to be now not a good suggestion, to allow an opponent an excessive amount of freedom of circulate throughout a duelling piste. bankruptcy TWENTY-FIVE Stuyvesant hadn’t written down the names in Pip’s unhappy little number of good-luck matchbooks, yet he remembered adequate of them to make a starting. the various areas have been open either day and evening and, in Montmartre as in Montparnasse, this may suggest totally different clientèles. yet probably Pip had taken her lunches there, too … She hadn’t. Twelve bars, six cafés, and 5 of the chums in her handle booklet, all with a similar resolution: not anyone had obvious Pip Crosby seeing that March. by way of 5 o’clock, either cafés and bars have been at an ebb. He hadn’t eaten in view that breakfast. If he stopped to contemplate the knowledge he’d been accumulating, he would need to throw himself into the river – or right into a bottle. And if he used to be going to Le Comte’s celebration, he’d have to get a few nutrients into his belly first. So he took the Métro again around the river and went to the Dôme for a belated lunch. Kiki was once there back, her painted-on eyebrows heavy at the present time, and asymmetric, with the lids a wierd yellow-green. She waved a flirtatious hand, and even though Stuyvesant had deliberate on consuming a sandwich on the counter, he made up our minds he may well do with anything extra large. and definitely she would provide a welcome distraction from notion. He kissed her cheek, and this time allow her order an admirer to renounce his chair. now not until eventually he sat did he appreciate how drained he used to be. His drink got here quicker than his nutrition, yet he refused a moment: this night, dealing with Sarah gray, used to be no time to get sloppy. while his steak frites got here, he ate speedy, listening with part an ear to the dialog round him. It used to be the debate of contemporary Montparnasse: the hangers-on, the painters who hardly complete a canvas, the writers whose purely publishing historical past used to be in a single of the small literary journals that paid in copies. 5 years in the past, this desk could nonetheless have held financial mess ups, however it could were bristling with creativity. these types of boys may do used to be snipe at their betters and whinge in their tight-fisted mom and dad. midway via his steak, the debate rotated round to guy Ray, which would have stunned him – most ladies thought of former paramours a delicate subject – had he now not identified Kiki. as a substitute, he wouldn’t be stunned if she’d introduced it up herself, for an opportunity to declaim her entire loss of curiosity, her pity for the yank substitute, and her precise predictions of abuse and disaster. ‘You wait,’ she instructed her fervent viewers. ‘Monsieur Ray, il a des mauvaises habitudes. very quickly in any respect, l’Américaine will undergo the scars of his depravity. ’ Stuyvesant puzzled the place she had picked up that individual English word, because her English tended in the direction of the monosyllabic and inadvertently spoonerist. however the distressed exclamations of the younger males made her preen, and he smiled as he ran the final of the frites during the juice on his plate. Kiki observed his expression, and bristled. ‘Est-çe que tu ris de moi, Monsieur ’Arris?

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