Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Review: The Bones of Paris… should stay buried.

“The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.”

After reading that synopsis you would think sounds great I must read it…so did I. Again I fall prey to well written plot descriptions only to be let down by a boring story. The 435-page novel was not suspenseful but long drawn out and full of details to the point where you lost the point. (Think more details make books better share your opinion at

The main character, Harris Stuyvesant , gets slowly developedbut you never really like him, which I think poses a major problem. There were great elements to the story if you like art, which I do, and lots of name dropping Hemmingway, Picasso, Degas, it made you want to walk the streets of Paris at that time.  IT also introduces you to the party girl side of Paris; young 20 something heresies drinking and sleeping around…not unlike today just without TMZ.

However, King eventually brings you to the macabre side of Paris where death is glamorized as Art and she reveals the part of Paris for which the book is named, a relocated cemetery made into a sort of shrine that is literally made of human bones. At this point you are ½ way through this 435-page book when Harris finally admits that the girl he is looking for is dead, which of course you knew from page 1, and he is trying to find suspects but is coming up with several creepy characters and 1 lost love. You need to be vested in the story by now dying to find out who the murderer is but I wasn’t I was annoyed to be this far in and finally getting somewhere. The Paris police join Harris’s search and find out it’s a serial case where many young Americans have gone missing over the past year and no one has noticed until now.

Obviously I was not impressed, I just summarized over half the book which the author should have done in about 20 pages. I don’t think I should give away any more you may still plan to waste your time and read it. I say this is a pass; there are far too many books and not enough time. Share your thoughts and opinions on

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