Fish, Blood and Bone

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Bantam Books, 2002 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Three families across two centuries. A shared history of love and murder.And one woman’s passion for life and obsession with death. . .

Expatriate Claire Fleetwood is a forensic photographer adept at turning the bones of the dead into silvery, telling shadows. When she inherits an estate situated in London’s East End, Claire finally feels rooted. Then one morning a friend is murdered beyond the walls of her garden--a crime that unnerves her, intrigues her, and compels her to unravel not only the mysteries of the victim’s past but her own past as well. It’s a journey that takes Claire to the India of her forebears, to a hidden paradise between Bhutan and Tibet, and to a secret history that reverberates through time, through blood, through a lineage of forbidden pleasures and harrowing implications.

A sensuous and revealing thriller like no other, Fish, Blood and Bone is an intoxicating reflection on the consequences of the past, of unearthed skeletons and family sins, played out against the most exotic landscapes on earth—and the most unsettling corners of the imagination.

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Densely written but highly readable, Forbes's second novel (after Bombay Ice) is another sophisticated thriller whose suspenseful plot is skillfully layered with history and its influence on the ... Read full review

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Leslie Forbes was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1953. She worked as an author, artist, and broadcaster in London, England. Her novels include Bombay Ice and Fish, Blood, and Bone, which was nominated for the Orange Prize. Her travel books include Waking Raphael, Remarkable Feasts: Adventures on the Food Trail from Baton Rouge to Old Peking, A Taste of Provence: Classic Recipes from the South of France, and A Taste of Tuscany: Classic Recipes from the Heart of Italy. She died on July 1, 2016 at the age of 63.

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