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An Unexplained Death


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Mikita Brottman is a writer and a professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in downtown Baltimore. She is also a certified psychoanalyst and runs a true crime podcast called Forensic Transmissions. She lives in the old Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with her partner, David, and French bulldog, Oliver.

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Set in a Gothic hotel worthy of Poe, this mesmerising book looks into all the dank corners of an obsession with a true crime case. Hypnotic, brutally honest and unputdownable -- DENISE MINA
This is a learned, lucid, and finally heartbreaking account of urban obsession. It's David Fincher's film Zodiac crossed with accounts of Judge Crater's disappearance crossed with Ms Brottman's wild take on the unknowability of life and the necessity of staying obsessed. Ms Brottman is a groove - and so is her book -- JAMES ELLROY
An absolute page-turner. Her deceptively simple prose is both elegant and eloquent, and has the effect at times of making you feel as if you are the protagonist in a Raymond Chandler novel . . . Superb * * Irish Times * *
An Unexplained Death is something special. Brottman's searing honesty and insight, and her smooth, sinewy prose, turn this into a rather profound meditation on life and death, and our attitudes to both. Highly recommended * * Big Issue * *
Mesmerising. A haunting meditation on the opacity of facts -- CLAUDIA ROWE, author of The Spider and the Fly
Idiosyncratic . . . poignant . . . When Brottman writes, she's a virtuoso: poised and sure-footed, confident and graceful, witty and relaxed * * Baltimore Sun * *
A lyrical freeform meditation on everything from the history of the Belvedere Hotel (where Brottman lives, and where Rivera's body was found) to the ways that people can become invisible to one another . . . If you're looking for gorgeous writing, reflections on why some of us are fascinated by the morbid, and are willing to accept that sometimes narratives, like life, can be unsatisfying no matter how deeply they are explored, An Unexplained Death is definitely for you * * Literary Hub * *
A meditation on voyeurism, invisibility and obsession. A must-read for anyone who has found themselves obsessed with a mystery whose answers seem tantalizingly close * * San Francisco Chronicle * *
An Unexplained Death is more about mystery itself than about a mystery. Rivera's death, which Brottman views in a light that serves as a satisfying twist, is the scaffolding on which she builds a larger meditation on the dark obsessions we develop . . . Brottman's book encourages us to explore beyond our comfort zone, hinting at the possibility for significant discoveries * * Paste * *
Not just a thrilling whodunit, with new clues unfolding every chapter, it's a beautifully written elegy about the mystery of death . . . This is one riveting, heartbreaking read -- SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH, author of The Midnight Assassin

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