Celine

Celine

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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"From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, spine-tingling 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451493903
0451493907
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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ApollosRaven
Jul 17, 2017

Young women, I hope we all agree, should be able to find the occasional superwoman heroine in various entertainment genres. So it is only just that seniors such as myself should be able to enjoy Peter Heller's private investigator Celine. Even if Celine's talents and nerve (and luck) strained my ability to "suspend disbelief" somewhat. However, Heller's style is so unique and the novel so beautifully written that I won't quibble, I'd prefer to just enjoy.

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exie3
Jul 09, 2017

Very very good book - loved the characters !

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MissSnippy
Jun 25, 2017

I read this book in a single night fascinated by Celine and the cast of characters. I love the sweet relationship with her taciturn husband, who tries to sneak vegetables into her diet. In some ways this feels like picking up a mystery book in the middle of a series- you want to know about the cases that Celine has solved before, the story of her first marriage, where she learned her spy craft, gun skills, etc. More than anything the reader hopes that Celine will solve the mystery that hangs over her own life- the whereabouts of her lost daughter.

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Candaceb108
Jun 17, 2017

Well, I am going to disagree with the majority here. The plot is good, the characters believable and one attaches to them. But the way Heller provides the background of each character is so clunky. It's like when you see a good play but the lead character has overdone his make-up. The wrinkles are too etched and can be seen to be false from the audience; the costume just 2 degrees too cute. It made the book sophomoric to me. Some writers create the background with such subtlety that it the same way a person notices things. This was not that. This was a wet towel swatting you in the face with Celine's wealth, background, dress, etc etc ad nauseam.

amf_0 Jun 09, 2017

Involving mystery, good writing, interesting characters. I especially loved the description of the mountain landscapes - perhaps, because I'm from Rocky Mountain country myself?!

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marenilona
May 10, 2017

You know a book is really good when you don't want it to end ,

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Stargirl_0
May 10, 2017

For those who love words.

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capitalcity
Apr 12, 2017

The most haunting refrain from anyone's life: 'What might-have-been.'. Peter Heller weaves a tapestry portraying wistful ruminations on chance encounters, cherished experiences, opportunities which slipped away ... His transfixing novel Celine is a means of framing an ever fleeting landscape wherein fate is the hunter; our only defense delineated by the maxim carpe diem.

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feralranger
Apr 08, 2017

I loved the Dog Stars. It is perhaps one of my all time favorite books. This new fiction by Peter Heller couldn't be more different than the Dog stars and yet it is one heck of a book. The writing is so good it is a pleasure to read. The story has great pacing and the characters are fleshed out and believable and Celine is an unusual character. She is in her late 60's and a private eye specializing in reuniting families. She knows her guns, can drive like a demon and quote Hemingway and Neruda. She takes on a cold case of a missing or assumed dead National Geographic photographer. You want to know what happens next. You want to know the whole story. And while Celine uncovers this story we learn her own back story and why she does the job she does. Even if I wasn't drawn to the story I would keep reading because the writing is so good especially in regards to nature, landscapes and wildlife. Readers are taken to Yellowstone along with Celine's assistant and husband, Pete in search for answers to the missing photographer and Father of her latest client. It is a solid and entertaining detective novel with a gumshoe grandma.

jabberbooky Mar 07, 2017

Based on Heller’s mother, a fascinating, complex woman. Captivating evocative novel/mystery

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ApollosRaven
Jul 11, 2017

Celine, my new novel, was a bit different, and very special, because it is about my mom. She died two and half years ago, and I think I wanted to spend another year with her. Like the protagonist she was a crack investigator who specialized in reuniting birth families. Like Celine, she could shoot—the scene in Idaho with the gun dealer when she blows seven cans and bottles off the log is true—and she really did bring in a bank fraud perp for the FBI—after spying on him with her opera glasses, and executing a high speed car chase in her old Volvo. She really was courageous and elegant, and the family backstory in France during the war is all true. I tried to write her as closely as I could.

The book, I guess, was a coming home for me. As writing fiction was, after so many years as a journalist.

-- Peter Heller, From an interview published online by Amazon Book Review March 2017.

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