The prose in The Blue Place is beautiful and strong, as I expected it would be. When I learned Griffith had written noir mysteries, I thought of certain bits of Slow River and thought, "Of course." The whole book has a hard yet somehow otherworldly tone. One thing I'm not sure I liked was that in certain spots, the dialogue is the same style as the first-person narrator's narration, a little too formal for "real" speech--but I am pretty sure Griffith did this to keep you in the noir world she'd created, where everything is heightened. Several times in the book, the narrator makes it clear that the world she lives in, of sudden violence and constant danger, is different from the world where most people live.
The book ate my brain. At the beginning, the narrator dropped tantalizing, seemingly impossible hints of things she'd done, drawing me farther and farther in, until suddenly nothing seemed so impossible. Go, buy, read!