In Celine, Heller introduces readers to an aristocratic PI with emphysema. The titular character is also an excellent shot with a mind as quick as trap.
Even though she’s on the Social Register, Celine prefers reuniting birth families pro Bono. She doesn’t care for any other kind of detective work, though she once worked for the F.B.I.
One of the most admirable characters in a long time is this one–gutsy and privileged Celine who sincerely cares for the underdog.
Celine is given a strange case–a woman who was abandoned twice by her own father. The woman is in her 40s now and would like to find her father so he can meet his grandchild.
The man, a National Geographic Explorer photographer, may have faked his own death. He also may be on the run from the CIA for his involvement in political matters in South America.
Celine has her own secrets. The second mystery that unfolds is who Celine really is and what she’s hiding from her “Watson,” her husband, Peter, and her son, Hank.
Based on the dedication page, it appears that Celine and Peter are versions of the author’s own parents.
Peter Heller has also written The Dog Stars and The Painter.