As the rich novels of Julie Smith remind us, New Orleans is a city of excess. These days the local philosophy that too much is not enough seems to encompass not only the famed Crescent City pleasures of sex, music, and food, but also the escalating horror of violent death.
However, with a new, honest police superintendent, NOPD detective Skip Langdon feels there's hope for the city she loves. But no sooner does Superintendent Albert Good take office than he is gunned down by an assassin, and within hours the killer himself is killed. A mysterious entity calling itself The Jury claims credit for this act of vigilante justice.
Who or what is The Jury? No one knows, but Skip perceives in it the evil brilliance of her old adversary, charismatic con man and cold-blooded killer Errol Jacomine. She's always suspected it's just a matter of time before Jacomine's megalomaniacal ego orchestrates his revenge.
The time is now.
From across the South, the players in the unfolding drama come together--a pretty college student on the run, a monk who has packed a lifetime's worth of misery into a few years, and a madman with a murderous agenda.
Beautiful New Orleans gathers them all into her casual embrace, while Detective Skip Langdon races (perhaps to her own destruction) to forestall the bloodshed to come.
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About the Author:
"A REAL NAIL-BITER . . . This one is as rich as a good gumbo--the city and its people are lovingly detailed . . . and the plotting is foolproof and tight. In short, you want this book."
--The Washington Times
"No one writes about New Orleans, its steamy charms and its seamy sins, as well as Ms. Smith. She catches the tricky nuances of Louisiana speech as well as the sights, smells, and sounds of the Delta City."
--Dallas Morning News
JULIE SMITH IS "AMONG THE BEST OF TODAY'S MYSTERY WRITERS."
--San Diego Union-Tribune
Julie Smith's Skip Langdon novels, all set in New Orleans, include The Kindness of Strangers, The Axeman's Jazz, House of Blues, New Orleans Beat, Jazz Funeral, and New Orleans Mourning, for which she won the Edgar Award for Best Novel. A former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the San Francisco Chronicle, Julie Smith is also the creator of the Rebecca Schwartz series of mysteries set in San Francisco. Ms. Smith divides her time between New Orleans and Oakland, California.
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