The Bones of Paris

The Bones of Paris

A Novel of Suspense

eBook - 2013 | First Edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780345531773
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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dbedn
Oct 12, 2018

I only made it 140 pages. The writing style was bland and it seemed to be going nowhere, so I gave up.

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terryt
Sep 29, 2018

I quite agree with the suggestion that this book be reclassified as "Horror" rather than "Mystery". It is slow moving and could have used a heavy edit. More importantly, as it is set in Paris, there is a considerable amount of French in the dialog that is mostly translated into English. However, the French is truly execrable and could have used a good French editor. Anyone with high school French could have corrected the agreements, tense, choice of verbs and vocabulary. Much of the French appears to be an on-line translation (and we know how good those are!) of the original line as written in English. I found it extremely distracting in an otherwise interesting book. I do, however, prefer her Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russel series.

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Rubicat
Jun 19, 2015

this is NOT a cheery read. It is dark and atmospheric and a bit slow-moving at times - as another reader said, I often skimmed large segments in order to get to some action. You cannot be a squeamish person to get into this book but all in all, I recommend it. I prefer the Mary Russell novels I think.

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BerylDubrofsky
May 18, 2014

Move over Stephen King: another King has joined the shelf of horror novels on the 'King' author' shelf. Laurie R. King's novel, The Bones of Paris, needs to be categorized in the "Horror" section, rather than as a "Mystery".

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emerge
Jul 25, 2013

If you are a big fan of King's Sherlock Holmes series, as I am, put aside all preconceived notions before reading her latest novel. This book couldn't be more different. Set in 1920's Paris, we follow Harris Stuyvesant, an American PI, as he attempts to solve a missing persons case. Pip Crosby, a young american dedicated to new experiences, has not been seen for several months & her family is desperate for news. Harris once spent 5 days getting to know her very well & the case becomes personal. While searching, he comes into contact with the thriving art scene & Paris' seedy underground. Real life characters like Man Ray & Hemmingway are part of that community & things soon take on a creepy undertone as bones start to appear with alarming frequency. This is a slow moving story & the author writes every scene with much detail. At times, I found myself skimming to get to a point where something happened. If you hang in there, the pay off comes in the last quarter of the book, with a truly horrific resolution. Harris is a really interesting character with many demons & the author does an admirable job of recreating the atmosphere of a post war Paris inundated with americans & others, all looking for a good time. Just be prepared for a slow, thorough read unlike anything you've previously read by Ms. King. I would definitely read a sequel featuring Harris, hopefully one with a bit more action or a tighter edit but that's just a matter of taste.

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