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Stay by Nicola Griffith

Aud (it rhymes with "shroud" ) Torvingen is six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. She can restore a log cabin with antique tools or put a man in a coma with her bare hands. As imagined by Nicola Griffith in this ferocious masterpiece of literary noir, Aud is a hero who combines the tortured complexity with moral authority.

In the aftermath of her lover's murder, the last thing a grieving Aud wants is another case. Against her better judgment she agrees to track down an old friend's runaway fiancée--and finds herself up against both a sociopath so artful that the law can't touch him, and the terrible specters of loss and guilt. As stylish as this year's Prada and as arresting as a razor at the throat, Stay places Nicola Griffith in the first rank of new-wave crime writers.

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ISBN-13: 9781400032303
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/10/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Nicola Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defense, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing and moving to the United States. Her immigration case was a fight and ended up making new law: the State Department declared it to be “in the National Interest” for her to live and work in this country. This didn’t thrill the more conservative powerbrokers, and she ended up on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, where her case was used as an example of the country’s declining moral standards.
In 1993 a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slowed her down a bit, and she concentrated on writing: Ammonite (1993), Slow River (1995), The Blue Place (1998), Stay (2002), Always (2007), and Hild (2013). Griffith is the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original short fiction. Her multimedia memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer’s Early Life, is a limited collector’s edition. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in an assortment of academic texts and a variety of journals, including Nature, New Scientist, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Out. She’s won the Washington State Book Award, the Tiptree, Nebula, the World Fantasy Award, the Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award (six times), among many others.
Now a dual U.S./U.K. citizen, Nicola Griffith is married to writer Kelley Eskridge. They live in Seattle, where Griffith is currently lost in the seventh century, emerging occasionally to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart wrenching, inspiring, empowering. Beautifully developed character you can't help but love. I would recommend this series to anyone who needs a strong female character to relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An extraordinary talent. Sheer poetry, heartbreaking intensity. I'll read anything she writes (and I prefer happy endings! see my further reading recommendations below), she's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicola Griffith does it again! She's written another exciting book about Aud Torvingen. Stay, the sequel to The Blue Place, features the six foot, Norwegian, former cop known as Aud. Stay is a thriller full of poetic language, gripping action, and emotional journeys. Aud is becoming more human, more real, as she learns to deal with the loss of her lover, Julia. Definitely a must-read for Griffith fans, Aud fans, and anybody who likes a good story. I can't wait to see how Aud's life develops in Griffith's next book!
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