“The words hit the assembled watchers like a gust. It was the Samurai creed. The Legionnaires’. Their own. It hit them with the force of recognition: It was uttered with conviction, with simplicity, and with a total lack of fear. In every warrior’s heart is an absolute respect for simple courage, and every Son saw it in the woman… ” pg. 268
Peter Heller’s Celine is a mysterious, elegant and erudite sexagenarian who works as a private investigator finding missing persons and reuniting them with their families. The book blurb tells you that Celine is so good at this her track record is better than the FBI.
When a young woman with a past that stirs up some painful memories for Celine enlists her to investigate the suspicious disappearance of her father, Celine and her loving husband Pete set off on an adventure that takes them from New York to the big sky country states.
If you like a good suspense story, a strong female protagonist, beautiful descriptions of scenery and the occasional French phrase this book should be right up your alley. At 352 pages I found it to be a fun and quick read. I think it would be great if this author came up with a new adventure for Celine. I also think this story would translate well on to the big screen. I could see someone like Helen Mirren playing Celine, and Liam Neeson or Harrison Ford playing her husband Pete. Hint, hint 😉.
If you’ve read this book or any other Peter Heller books I’d love to hear your thoughts.