I was a little afraid to re-read this book, because the first time through was so absolutely stunning, it was as if it was written for me. As my first review did not do justice to its wonderful combination of mystery, introspection, and setting, I’m setting out to rectify it.
Claire DeWitt is a detective, willing to use all means necessary–including hallucinogenic dreams, the I Ching and fingerprint analysis–to solve her cases. She knows ultimately she will be solving the case for herself, because sometimes the client doesn’t want it solved: “The client already knows the solution to his mystery. But he doesn’t want to know. He doesn’t hire a detective to solve his mystery. He hires a detective to prove that his mystery can’t be solved.”
Leon is a client who has requested her help… read more