I've had a run of books about Paris lately, and this one fills the bill on Paris during the Jazz Age. Harris knows and consults with Sylvia Beach, speaks with Cole Porter, enjoys the company of KiKi de Montparnasse, suspects Man Rey, admires Lee Miller, avoids Hemingway, etc. The expat community in Paris during the twenties was close-knit and gossip-filled; the Lost Generation enjoying intellectual, social, and sexual freedoms flocked together. Harris is concerned about a certain morbid quality he discovers among the artistic community and is shocked by the performances of the Grand-Guigol. I'd never heard of the Grand-Guigol...interesting.
Sarah and Bennet Grey also make appearances in The Bones of Paris; aside from receiving a letter from Harris, Bennet doesn't appear until late in the novel. A shame because I find him an interesting character, but I suspect King plans on giving him more time eventually.
Although I found the solution too fantastic, I enjoyed the novel and the unique, if fictitious, perspective of expat life in the twenties that Harris Stuyvesant provides.
NetGalley/Random House, Bantam Dell
Mystery/Historical Fiction. Sept. 10, 2013. Print version: 432 pages.
- ISBN-10: 0345531760