Literary Detective Fiction: Malice by Keigo Higashino, Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley, and Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran (1853)

Six Wednesdays: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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$135 (10% off for members)

In three acclaimed detective novels by superb contemporary authors, readers are engaged beyond the puzzles of their whodunit plots, becoming immersed in the intricate mysteries of character and the human soul that are the true focus of each story. In writing as literary as it is punchy, the action is set around the world, from Japan to Brooklyn to Paris and New Orleans, and the styles range in genre from the gritty police procedural, to an intellectual locked room mystery, to the noir of a private investigator’s post-punk streetwise gender-fluid missing person drama, all in pursuit of understanding the timeless and contemporary themes of vengeance, childhood trauma, greed, racism, and gentrification, and exploring the subjects of personality construction and de-construction, cities as living beings, and the natural disasters we all experience.

Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
Malice by Keigo Higashino
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

 

Reading Schedule:
Week 1: Malice, to page 140
Week 2: Malice, to page 276 (conclusion)
Week 3: Down the River Unto the Sea, to page 170
Week 4: Down the River Unto the Sea, to page 322 (conclusion)
Week 5: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, to page 143
Week 6: Claire DeWitt, to page 273 (conclusion)

 

Recommended Further Reading:
Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley, especially Devil in a Blue Dress
The Murder of Harriet Krohn, Karin Fossum
Jim Chee series, Tony Hillerman
Wallander series, Henning Mankell
All books by Tana French (Faithful Place covered in Winter 2018)
All books by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River covered in Winter 2018)

Rhonda Shary was an adjunct professor of English in New York for over ten years, teaching writing and literature courses at SUNY New Paltz, Marymount College of Fordham University, and New York Institute of Technology. Her poetry, fiction, and essays appear in P&P’s District Lines III and V; 100-Word Story; Water Writes: An Anthology in Honor of the Hudson River Quadricentennial; A Slant of Light: Women Writers of the Hudson River Valley; and The Shawangunk Review, among others. After moving to D.C. in 2014, she joined the staff at Politics and Prose Bookstore, where she is now an editor for OPUS Publishing and an instructor in the literature and writing classes.

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Down the River unto the Sea Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316509640
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 20th, 2018

Malice: A Mystery Cover Image
By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250070326
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 8th, 2015

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead (Claire DeWitt Novels #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780547747613
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2012