Celine A novel

Peter Heller, 1959-

Sound recording - 2017

"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"--

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Suspense fiction
Mystery fiction
New York, NY : Books on Tape [2017]
Physical Description
9 audio discs (approximately 11 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Peter Heller, 1959- (-)
Other Authors
Kimberly Farr (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Celine is an extraordinary character: an old-money, East Coast blue blood who is a renowned sculptor—and a private investigator specializing in reuniting families. She has a find rate higher than that of the FBI and is also a crack shot and dedicated outdoorswoman—skills she needs in her search for a long-missing nature photographer. Narrator Farr captures Celine's feisty complexity and imbues her with ferocity and eccentricity that leap from the speakers. Particularly well done is her interpretation of Pete, Celine's taciturn polymath second husband, a Mainer who is both her life and sleuthing partner. Narrating this novel, which is part thriller, part family confessional, Farr moves between characters and time periods with ease, as gracefully as Celine herself. The buoyancy of Farr's voice propels listeners through Celine's backstory, slowly spooled out in chunks throughout, culminating in a richly satisfying listen. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Heller's captivating detective tale stars blue-blooded Celine Watkins—modeled after the author's mother—who forsakes her art-filled Brooklyn apartment and Cartier diamonds to probe a cold case in the Western wilds. Celine's (aka "The Prada PI") client Gabriela Lamont is the daughter of a National Geographic photographer reportedly killed by a grizzly bear, but neither woman believes the story. Celebrated for iconic but perilous close-ups of wild beasts (and long suspected of CIA ties), might not Lamont père have intruded upon another risky scenario and needed to vanish? With seven decades of hard-won wisdom, second husband Pete, and the ability to "go incognito anywhere," Glock-packing Celine reconnoiters the majestic environs of Yellowstone National Park. Heller pauses the action at intervals to canvass a second vividly rendered panorama—Celine's formative backstory of privilege and heartache; Kimberly Farr's accomplished narration bridges the revelatory time shifts gracefully. Projecting Celine's compassion and effortless class, Farr also spotlights engaging supporting players, including a tenderhearted Latvian waitress and native Mainer Pete. VERDICT This buoyant character study/intriguing mystery will delight fiction fans who approach the story as Celine confronts life, alert to epiphanies at every turn. Highly recommended for all public libraries. ["Heller (The Painter) blends suspense with beautiful descriptive writing of both nature and civilization to create a winner": LJ 2/1/17 starred review of the Knopf hc.]—Linda Sappenfield, Round Rock P.L., TX Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A missing-persons tracker who specializes in reuniting families to make amends for a loss in her own past, Celine searches for a presumed-dead photographer in Yellowstone, only to be targeted by a shadowy figure who wants to keep the case unsolved.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful 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. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela's father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed--that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Inspired by the life of Heller&;s own remarkable mother, a chic and iconoclastic private eye, Celine is a deeply personal novel, a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmarks, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.