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Riverhead Books, 2007 - Fiction - 463 pages
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Aud Torvingen is back-contemporary fiction's toughest, most emotionally complicated noir hero returns to teach a new round of lessons in hard-hitting justice, and to confront new adversaries: her own vulnerability and desire.

The steely shell of Nicola Griffith's seemingly indomitable protagonist Aud Torvingen appears to be cracking. The six-foot-tall fury (who proved in The Blue Placeand Staythat she can kill you as easily as look at you) is shaken by the shocking consequences of the self-defense class she's been teaching, and her investigation of what seems to be run-of-the-mill real-estate fraud is turning out to be more than she bargained for.

Alwaysbrilliantly intertwines the dramatic episodes of Aud's class with the increasingly complicated investigation that introduces Aud to the limits of self-reliance, and to the scary and beautiful prospect of allowing oneself to depend on other people. What emerges is a thrilling, thoroughly engrossing novel that imbues Griffith's "classic noir hero" (The New York Times Book Review) with an emotional complexity that far exceeds the boundaries of the genre, and will push Griffith to her well-deserved place at the front rank of new-wave literary crime writers.

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User Review  - bunwat - LibraryThing

At the end of each of the Aud Torvingen novels I'm left sort of wrestling with how to rate and being unsure. The thing is, Griffith's prose is absolutely lovely. Her novels have a real sense of place ... Read full review

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User Review  - sumariotter - LibraryThing

I like this author but this book is not my favorite. It seems too much as if it is about the author, for one thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that...but unlike in previous books where Aud ... Read full review


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NICOLA GRIFFITH is the author of Stay, The Blue Place, Slow River, and Ammoniteand has won the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and multiple Lambda Literary Awards. She is also the coeditor of the Bending The Landscapeanthology series. At various times she has worked as a self-defense instructor, a rock-and-roll singer, a social worker, a teacher, and a laborer. Born in England, she now lives in Seattle with her partner.

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