Bones of the Barbary Coast: A Cree Black Novel

Bones of the Barbary Coast: A Cree Black Novel

by Daniel Hecht

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Bones of the Barbary Coast: A Cree Black Novel by Daniel Hecht

Bert Marchetti, an old family friend of Cree's and an SFPD homicide inspector, has asked Cree to help investigate a human skeleton recently unearthed in the foundation of a fine Victorian home-apparently the bones of a victim of the 1906 earthquake. The bones have been sent to UC Berkeley for analysis, where their peculiar characteristics have intrigued the forensic anthropology team. They call the skeleton Wolfman.
Who was the wolfman? What caused his anatomical deformities, and how did he end up in that grand hilltop home? Cree's historical research takes her back to the unholy glory days of the Barbary Coast, old San Francisco's infamous red-light district. As she assists at the forensics lab, she also begins to realize that Bert Marchetti's involvement with the case is more complex than he has let on. Her narrative is illuminated by entries from the 1889 diary of Lydia Schweitzer, a Victorian woman with her own secrets-and her own compelling interest in the person who would come to be known as the wolfman. A vivid and elegantly plotted thriller that reveals San Francisco's hidden face across two centuries, Bones of the Barbary Coast tells the story of two women determined to face human nature's darkest aspects with courage and compassion.

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ISBN-13: 9781596918016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/25/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 82,307
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Daniel Hecht is the author of the bestselling Skull Session and Puppets; The Babel Effect; and two novels in the Cree Black series, City of Masks and Land of Echoes. He lives in Vermont.

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Bones of the Barbary Coast: A Cree Black Novel 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
flwergrl More than 1 year ago
This was such a refreshing, unique plot and, living on the west coast, I was immediately intrigued in the setting of the Barbary Coast. It had the foggy London Jack-the-Ripper feel to it, and the who idea is amazing. Great subject, unpredictable, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting a change from the usual predictable novel.
jwl1414 More than 1 year ago
The Cree Black series is terrific - this is number three after City of Masks and Land of Echoes. I disagree with the previous reviewer, as this is a great book, though it is true the premise is a bit different from the others. I find that very cool and original rather than troublesome. In this book the mystery is historical more than current as Cree searches back in San Francisco history to unravel a fascinating puzzle. Hecht is very good at taking us to interesting places along with Cree: New Orleans in the first book, the American Southwest in the second and now San Francisco. Eagerly awaiting the next one in the Cree Black series! If you can, read them in order...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed the first two books in the Cree Black Series, I was eager to read this book. The premise sounded interesting and I was expecting another engaging supernatural thriller. What I got instead was a book that moved slowly, a story that zigzagged to places irrelevant to the plot of the book and no answers to the original questions proposed by the book. We know nothing new after the 400+ pages of the book have passed and readers will be left wondering why they wasted the time reading it at all. Fans of the first two novels will be sorely disappointed.
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