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The Blue Place

The Blue Place
Author: Nicola Griffith
ISBN 13: 9780380790883
ISBN 10: 380790882
Edition: 1St Edition
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 1999-06-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $13.99

A police lieutenant with the elite "Red Dogs" until she retired at twenty-nine , Aud Torvigen is a rangy six-footer with eyes the color of cement and a tendency to hurt people who get in her way. Born in Norway into the failed marriage between a Scandinavian diplomat and an American businessman, she now makes Atlanta her home, luxuriating in the lush heat and brashness of the New South. She glides easily between the world of silken elegance and that of sleaze and sudden savagery, equally at home in both; functional, deadly, and temporarily quiescent, like a folded razor.

On a humid April evening between storms, out walking just to stay sharp, she turns a corner and collides with a running woman, Catching the scent of clean, rain-soaked hair, Aud nods and silently tells the stranger Today, you are lucky, and moves on—when behind her house explodes, incinerating its sole occupant, a renowned art historian. When Aud turns back, the woman is gone.

LA Times

Griffith has a fine way with character and a sure talent...Many passages are beautifully written; most seem to do double work, shimmering with the many levels and complex meanings of this remarkable novel.