The Bones of Paris
|Author||Laurie R King|
|Rights||UK & Comm ex Can|
|Publication Date||30th September 2013|
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series comes a new thriller set in the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz age – a gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions.
Paris, 1929. Harris Stuyvesant is living a PI’s dream – he’s getting paid to trawl the cafés and bars of Montparnassen search of a pretty young woman. The lady in question is Philippa Crosby, reported missing by her increasingly anxious family in Boston. Crossing paths with the capital’s elite, from Shakespeare and Company’s Sylvia Beach to the surrealist photographer Man Ray, Stuyvesant’s investigation takes an unexpected, disturbing turn. At the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, murder, insanity and sexual perversion are staged to shocking, brutal effect. Stuyvesant must descend into the darkest depths of debauchery to find the killer. Somewhere amid the glittering lights of Paris hides a monster whose artistic coup de grâce is to be rendered in blood . . .
What The Critics Said
'Atmospheric, intriguing, exciting and macabre – this is Laurie King at her best. . . The images created are unforgettable . . . it is a real page turner – once started, you cannot stop until the last page is turned.'
'For those with romantic notions of Paris comes a reminder that "the City of Lights has shadowy corners" in this superb novel'
'The Bones of Paris is very readable and quick of pace, with an appealing touch of the macabre. Laurie R King mixes historical characters with a heavy dose of intrigue and for those like me with little knowledge of art or history, it's often difficult to tell how much fact and how much fiction is in play at any given moment...thoroughly enjoyable.'
'As a thriller, THE BONES OF PARIS simmers gently as opposed to burning furiously, but this befits the era, and is an understated technique that works well for King. Excellent at plotting and adept at creating an eclectic cast list, King also offers a deliciously cheeky peek at the seedier side of between-the-wars Paris. Throw in more than a handful of unexplained disappearances, the reappearance of Sarah Grey, her reclusive brother Bennett, so memorable from TOUCHSTONE, and King has another winner on her hands.'