This excellent novelist (The Dog Stars and The Painter are two personal favorites) introduces a wonderful character in the silver-haired, blue-blooded Celine, a private eye whose own fractured childhood fuels her work in reuniting separated families. Her current case involves a young woman whose father, a world-class National Geographic photographer, disappeared decades earlier, presumably dead by bear attack. Heller's story takes the reader from Long Island Sound to southern Vermont, Yellowstone to Argentina. Part rich family saga and part investigative thriller, Celine is both thought-provoking and page-turning.
— Stan Hynds
Celine is one of those quiet many layered mysteries. Heller's ability to draw rich characters while not giving up secrets is a marvel. A widower so lost in his grief that he sacrifices his own child's well being and then is lost himself is the engine of the story. But the detective: Celine is a 68 year old emotive, emphysema ridden socialite who specializes in cold case lost persons is the real enigma. The other characters are the beautifully drawn landscapes. I don't know how Heller makes a pop up trailer a character in of itself but he does. — Maeve Noonan
From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. 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. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela's father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed--that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Inspired by the life of Heller's own remarkable mother, a chic and iconoclastic private eye, Celine is a deeply personal novel, a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmarks, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.
About the Author
PETER HELLER is the best-selling author of The Painter and The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.