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Excellent sequel, in which Aud s heart, alluded too in WOW Aud the backbone of the story is quite the woman Her change in personality from the blue place is quite interesting to watch unfold We won t always know whose lives we touched and made better for having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications What s important is that you do care and you act C Lunsford Look forward to reading the next book in the series. #READ BOOK ç Stay õ 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 Fianc E 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 The climax of the first book was absolutely heartbreaking In this novel you are left with the feeling Aud has managed to crawl out of the hole she found herself in There is trouble brewing on the horizon of course but she has made great strides towards finding her balance again Griffith does amazing things with this character, who in the hands of a lesser writer could easily have turned into a clich d badass former police officer Stay is a worthy sequel to The Blue Place I m looking forward to reading the third book It will be interesting to see if Aud can hang on to her new found humanity.Ful Random Comments review Arrgghhh I didn t read the first part first PROTAGONIST Aud TorvingenSETTING North CarolinaSERIES 2 of 3RATING 4.25WHY After the death of her lover, Julia, for which she was partially responsible, Aud Torvingen retreats into an isolated life in the mountains of North Carolina, where she is building a cabin Although she d like to, she can t refuse when her oldest friend, Dornan, asks her to find his fianc e, Tammy Aud finds that Tammy has gone to New York and is in a truly abominable situation She removes Tammy from the threat, but only at great cost to herself when she suffers an incident involving white hot rage There are links to an immigration scam involving children, which Aud tries to set right Beautifully written, almost poetic I had a real problem with Aud talking with her former lover At times Julia appears on the scene as if she is still alive I couldn t buy it. Griffith has written a couple of excellent sci fi novels Ammonite and Slow River Stay is of a thriller crime novel, but since I had liked her other books so much, I decided to pick it up.What I didn t realize is that it is also a sequel to The Blue Place It does work as a stand alone, but I wish I had read The Blue Place first.In Stay we meet Aud Torvingen a Scandinavian ex policewoman private detective, who is in the middle of reclusively renovating an Appalachian cabin, and dealing with the emotional trauma and guilt of the death of her lover, a woman who had hired her to protect her from assassins.However, an old friend shows up at the cabin, saying that his on again off again girlfriend has disappeared, and he suspects she may be in serious trouble can Aud help find her Even though Aud had never liked this woman, she feels obligated to help and soon is off to New York City to try to find out where she went uncovering a web of violence, psychological torture and exploitation in the process.Quite a good thriller a bit of a slow start, but the writing and characterization really transcend genre fiction Although Aud s detecting skills and ninja type abilities stretch believability just a tiny bit The atmosphere of the novel reminded me just a little of Smilla s Sense of Snow, which is one of my favorite books in this genre. I really loved this second in the Aud rhymes with crowd Torvingen series I d already read the first and third, somehow missing this one Griffith does an amazing job of making her characters, and especially Aud, real people So much so, in fact, that any description of them her here sounds cliche Aud is a martial arts expert, tuned into both nature and spirituality, lesbian, essentially fearless the combination of which makes her sound like a cartoon character However, in this series, she is decidedly not cartoonish This book has her recovering recuperating from the last book The Blue Place at the cabin she is building in the Smoky Mountains, and traveling to both NYC and Arkansas to rescue a friend s wife and an immigrant child This sounds like a formula thriller, but again, it is so much in Griffith s hand The sad news is that this series last book is the 2007 Always, which I ve already read Griffith needs to write another book in this series I d read Nicola Griffith s previous book featuring the same protagonist, Aud Torvingen, about seven years ago and couldn t recall much in terms of plot or mood as I began to read this one.That is until a scene of climactic violence by ways of superhuman ferocity courtesy of the protagonist suddenly erupted about halfway into the book Things began to fall into place and I remembered what I d liked and what left me feeling ambivalent about The Blue Place Aud is a noir superheroine and I m not too keen on superheroes Fortunately, her ambiguous, conflicting, yes her noir qualities serve as sufficient reconciliation to sustain my interest.Even though superheroes bore me I still enjoy characters that take charge in an intuitive, self assured manner Aud Torvingen is full of self defeating flaws and compulsive deficits, but she s probably the protagonist least likely to allow herself to get side tracked by self doubt when there are things at stake And that may be the quality I relished most about both books at their core there are journeys of a guarantor for impulse, movement and momentum She is a beast, an avenging angel, a force of natureshe is personified, miraculous, entropy reversing fate.Nicola Griffith writes unselfconscious lesbian fiction All her novels and I believe to have read all of them excluding her most recent Aud Torvingen opus, Always, published earlier this year feature female queer protagonists None of them are preoccupied or stifled by worlds that are prejudiced against their sexual orientation whether that is a result of inexplicably tolerant worlds or protagonists that are somehow not affected by such prejudice is never entirely clear That earns her a predictable share of criticism from folks that would rather read about the struggles, victories and defeats arising from queerness I, however, am glad that Griffith doesn t heed those calls to change her game to sophisticate lesbian, fantasy literature equivalents of Chick tracts and I mean Chick as in Jack Chick, not as in chicks. I am empathetic towards Aud in Slow River Aud Torvingen 4 and Always Aud Torvingen 3 , less so with Aud in Stay Aud Torvingen 2 A compelling and ending Wow