Ghost of a Flea

James Sallis

ISBN: 9781641291538

Published: December 3, 2019

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The mystery of private investigator and poet Lew Griffin is revealed in the concluding novel of this critically acclaimed and groundbreaking series.

In his old house in uptown New Orleans, Lew Griffin is alone—almost. His relationship is falling apart, his son has disappeared. His good friend is shot interrupting a r...

The mystery of private investigator and poet Lew Griffin is revealed in the concluding novel of this critically acclaimed and groundbreaking series.

In his old house in uptown New Orleans, Lew Griffin is alone—almost. His relationship is falling apart, his son has disappeared. His good friend is shot interrupting a robbery. And Lew is directionless: he hasn’t written anything in years; he no longer teaches; there’s nothing to fill his days. Even the attempt to discover the source of threatening letters to a friend leaves him feeling rootless and lost.

Now Lew Griffin stands alone in a dark room, looking out. Behind him on the bed is a body. He thinks if he doesn’t speak, doesn’t think about what happened, somehow things will be all right again. He thinks about his own life, about the other’s, about how the two of them came to be here . . .

In a story as much about identity as it is about crime, the answers to Lew’s personal mystery begin to come clear and the highly acclaimed series builds to a brilliantly constructed climax.

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“James Sallis's Lew Griffin series has distinguished itself by the moodiness of its New Orleans atmosphere, the jagged elegance of its narrative style and the expansiveness of its anti-hero's literary citations . . . Dead men don't tell tales, or so the saying goes. But the tale told by this one is extraordinary.”
The Washington Post
“The poet Sallis betrays himself on every page with an inordinate desire to capture a nuance of light, essence of cat or waver of a farewell. His prose style is witty, elliptical and heady with image and allusion; his bedrock underlying purpose is nothing less than an exploration of meaning and identity . . . Ghost of a Flea bears the marks of a fierce and original writer working at full power.”
Los Angeles Times
“This is a superb book: beautiful, lyrical, moving . . . Ghost of a Flea sets an impressive yardstick.”
Barcelona Review
“Allusive and stylish, this stark metaphysical landscape will leave a resounding impression. ”
The Guardian