Cass Neary made her name in the seventies as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame.Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and... show more
Cass Neary made her name in the seventies as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame.Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Down East, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and she finds one final shot at redemption. Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith in this mesmerizing literary thriller.
Publish date: April 14th 2008
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 292
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Adult Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
Series: Cass Neary (#1)
Who would know that I would like a book about a occasional drug-using, petty thief, woman that's life has become stagnate after some early semi-fame. She's sent to interview one of the women she admires and finds out the woman doesn't know her and that there's some strange things happening. There's ...
Well, I was forewarned this was edgy. Our heroine, Ms. Neary, is almost unlikable. The book is described as a mystery, but it is not presented as a mystery. Nor does the NYC hard drinking, pill-popping, post-middle-aged, bookstore stockroom clerk, briefly famous (in her 20's) photographer go looki...
A book so exquisitely tailored to my own tastes, with the added bonus of writing that's just violently good. I mean. The seedy side of New York punk (which, you know, is actually saying something). Photography as a metaphor and a plot point and descriptions of which make my eyes ache to see these ph...
I first encountered Elizabeth Hand via her debut novel, Winterlong. I thought it was great, if a bit opaque, and I liked her subsequent books, Æstival Tide and Icarus Descending, almost as much. Slightly earlier, I had also discovered similar writer Richard Grant, and was surprised to find they were...
Invigorating--dark, lush prose and a dark, unprosaic lush as a protagonist. The novel--and Cass Neary--kept surprising amd seducing me. The end skewed more conventionally into crime guignol, but for much of its running time I wondered--in every sense of that word--where things were headed. Great ...
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