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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
“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