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Invisible City

A Rebekah Roberts Novel

By Julia Dahl

Invisible City
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  • Hardcover: May 2014,
    304 pages.

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Donna Chavez

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Journalist Julia Dahl's riveting debut novel explores one woman's search for the truth about a murder, and her own heritage.

Julia Dahl has real crime reporting cred, as witnessed by her work for cbsnews.com and the New York Post. But the down-and-dirty witness here is her no-nonsense, crime-writing style in Invisible City: "The glass door rings open and two Jewish men walk inside, carrying the cold on their coats." Even out of context we know from this dazzling economy of words that the men are likely walking into some kind of store (glass door, bell), that it's wintertime (coats), and it's very cold out (carrying the cold on their coats). For the sake of further clarity she goes on to explain how she knows they're Jewish; big black hats, long black coats, bearded with long side curls. No ifs, no ands, no buts. This sparse, clear writing style is more than perfect for a story about a cub beat reporter swimming upstream in New York City's cascading print media market.

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