Celine (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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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

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

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
Esquire Best Books of 2017
Minnesota Public Radio Best of 2017
The Morning News 2018 Tournament of Books Pick

New York Times bestselling author of The Dog Stars

" A] gorgeously wrought story." --Entertainment Weekly

"Heller is a gifted writer...Celine is such a joy to be with." --NPR

"Ingenious... Like Mark Twain and Toni Morrison, Heller is a rare talent." --Elle

Celine is not your typical private eye. With prep school pedigree and a pair of opera glasses for stakeouts, her methods are unconventional but extremely successful. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career out of tracking down missing persons nobody else can find. But when a young woman named Gabriela employs her expertise, what was meant to be Celine's last case becomes a scavenger hunt through her own memories, the secrets there and the surprising redemptions.
Gabriela's father was a National Geographic photographer who went missing in Wyoming twenty years ago and while he was assumed to have been mauled by a grizzly his body was never found. Celine and her partner set out to Yellowstone National Park to follow a trail gone cold but soon realize that somebody desperately wants to keep this case closed. Combining ingenious plotting with crystalline prose and sweeping natural panoramas, 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101973486
ISBN-10: 110197348X
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
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