Lew Griffin has quit the detective business and withdrawn to the safety of his old home in New Orleans' Garden District, where he copes with his past by transforming it into fiction. Following the death of a close friend, he returns to the streets-- t only the urban ones he has conquered but also those of the rural South that he escaped long ago-- to search for the runaway daughter he didn't kw that his friend had. Griffin discovers that we rarely kw anyone, even those closest to us. And he w finds that he must also face two things he most fears: memories of his parents and his own relationship with his w-vanished son. Moth is expansive, bursting with marvelous scenes and unforgettable characters, filled at once with the matter-of-fact violence of daily life and with redeeming human compassion.
James Sallis is a poet, music critic, biographer, and storyteller. His biography Chester Himes: A Life was published by Walker & Company in 2001. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.