Bones of the Barbary Coast : Cree Black

  • by Daniel Hecht
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • Series: Cree Black
  • 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this third novel of the Cree Black mystery series, a friend and homicide inspector asks 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 intrigued the forensic anthropology team at UC Berkeley with their peculiar anatomical deformities. They call the skeleton "Wolfman". Who was the Wolfman? Cree's historical research takes her back to the unholy glory days of the Barbary Coast, old San Francisco's infamous red-light district. Her narrative is illuminated by entries from the 1889 diary of Lydia Schweitzer, a Victorian woman with her own secret interest in the Wolfman. As the mystery unravels, both women must face human nature's darkest aspects with courage and compassion.

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Superb

This my first review and I've been an audiobook-aholic for over 20 years. I thought this was the best of the three Cree Black novels. The characters are complex, fully realized, not just black or white. You never really know if certain characters are "good" or "bad" or just human with the usual assortment of foibles we all have. Even the minor characters have depth. Hecht does a wonderful job exploring an age old philosophical question -- what is the nature of man? I though it was suspenseful and never lagged, not one bit. There was a lot to think about -- I like characters that are introspective. The historical aspects are fascinating and well-researched.
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- C. Pursell

Not What I Expected...

I loved the first two Cree Black novels, so it was disappointing to discover in the introduction that this wouldn't be a "supernatural" mystery like those first two novels.

All in all, Bones of the Barbary coast was just okay. I was mesmerized by the historical thread, a journal from the years leading up to the 1906 SF quake. But, the modern-day characters were uninteresting to me, except in the very final scenes, and often unlikable.
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- D. Engle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.