Celine (Large Print / Library Binding)
Heller (The Dog Stars and The Painter) has outdone himself with his latest novel, the story of a feisty and elegant aging private investigator who specializes in missing persons cases. Her latest case involves a young woman whose father disappeared 23 years earlier, apparently dragged to hi death by a grizzly bear near Yellowstone Park. Sixty-eight year old Celine and her husband, Pete, borrow her son's camper, and, traveling through Wyoming and Montana (beautifully described by outdoor writer Heller) try to track down the truth of what happened to the missing man. Not age nor emphysema nor a young Navy Seal can stop our crack-shot heroine who may be the most delightful private investigator since Miss Marple. Along the way we learn something about Celine's background, her patrician upbringing and her closet's skeletons, the experiences that have made her compassionate and passionate about her work. There's a lightness to this third of Heller's novels, but it's enough of a thriller to keep the pages turning as some dark secrets are uncovered. Recommended.— Alice
March 2017 Indie Next List
“There should be an excused absence from life when a new Peter Heller novel is released to the world. There is a pace and a quality to his writing that will make you want to drink it down in one gulp. Heller's strong narrative voice and complex plotting have always stood out to me and Celine is another example of this. Loosely based on Heller's mother, Celine is a hard-nosed - if a bit worn down - private investigator living in post-9/11 Brooklyn. She has a stellar reputation, but when she is sent on a case to locate a young woman's missing father, it's clear that her age (and lifestyle) has caught up with her. You will fall in love with Celine and connect with everyone who populates this book. I would give just about anything to follow her on more adventures.”
— Katelyn Phillips (E), WORD, Brooklyn, NY
Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI.