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Publisher Description

From the author of the worldwide bestseller Room: "Her greatest achievement yet...Emma Donoghue shows more than range with FROG MUSIC--she shows genius." -- Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life

Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.

The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 1
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

kat_with_a_book ,

A Good Historical Novel

Well-researched and intelligently written, I took particular pleasure in the setting. The subjects were interesting, and the naughty bits were naughty- if a bit antisceptic.

Rough going at the entreé, however. The characters are very disjointed for the bulk of the book, and hindered by the chop of moving back-and-forth in time.

BigD!!!! ,

Best of 2014

Best written book I read in 2014.

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