The New York Times Book Review
Aud Torvingen is a classic noir hero. Griffith is a writer of considerable gifts. Her sentences shimmer, her powers of observation and description are razor sharp.
Los Angeles Times
Griffith has a fine way with character and a sure talent.
Griffith's real genius is in her portrayal of the brilliant, though damaged, Aud, who embodies the traits of the mythical Norse berserker... A finely nuanced, frightening plunge into the dark heart of an exceptional woman.
Tacoma News Tribune
With Stay, Griffith proves she can write crime fiction that stacks up more than favorably with the work of the best writers in the field.... Dennis Lehane, Andrew Vachss and James Lee Burke have each taken crime fiction to a new level and each has expanded the possibilities of the genre. Nicola Griffith is the next name on a very short list.
Sleek, sexy, and decidedly dangerous, Aud...is everything a suspense novel heroine should be.
A noir thriller with a female protagonist who makes La Femme Nikita look like a Powerpuff Girl.
Griffith's tautly balanced prose perfectly complements her heroine's erratic progress... [She] skillfully links sensual details with emotional content, anchoring us firmly in Aud's brutal, beautiful world.
Griffith employs a crime thriller's page-turning audacity and hard-boiled heroine without succumbing to cheap genre clich�s. Like the protagonist, the language has a steely snap to it.... Stay is a captivating read.
Aud, the protagonist of this novel, is an intuitive, old-fashioned sleuth who would do Elmore Leonard proud.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Griffith's prose is at once brutal and beautifully wrought. Stay has a central character both hard-boiled and a softie at heart, and momentum like a car wreck.
- winner, InsightOut Best Novel
- finalist, Lambda Literary Award