The book begins with a tsunami where Franco Patrese escapes with his life, but his girlfriend doesn't.
The story jumps to a murder in New Orleans and Marie Laveau, so-called Queen of the Underworld and voodoo authority where Patrese is now an FBI agent. He is caught up in the investigation of unusual and gory murders involving the amputation of a leg and an axe in the middle of the forehead.
Many threads are woven through this sometimes wild and adventurous thriller--threads that at times become what seem to be hopelessly tangled. Much is revealed about New Orleans politics and the mysticism of the city itself as the story moves along at a breath-taking pace.
The climax and solution to the mysteries coincides with Hurricane Katrina with conclusions that have a strong element of truth.
Highly recommended to those who like excitement on nearly every page and don't mind a bit of gore.
Location as a Character
in a Novel Murderers and
thieves aren’t born bad. Their environment shapes their basic inherent
characteristics (genetically derived) into criminals. We are all products of
both nature and nurture. Accordingly, locations
are characters in all of our lives. I wanted to
show how sloppy practices can morph into criminal activities (embezzlement,
abuse of animals, perjury), and these “small” crimes can escalate into murder
in the right permissive environment. In She Didn’t Know Her Place, State U
provides the right environment for nurturing wrong-doing. This red-brick state
university was a sleepy place in the 1950s. Then the ambitions of a few to make
it more competitive led to shortcuts. The result is this college looks in good
shape on the surface, but the foundations of most building are badly cracked.
The buildings are often drafty because of poor maintenance. In other words, the
state college is a character in this mystery. It’s deceiving pretty front hides
Our wedding day, October 24, 1951
Yes, it's one birthday after another around here.
I'm sure my dear hubby never thought he'd make it to 88--but that's where he is today. His dad died at a young age, though some of his uncles lived well into their 80s.
He's lived a full life--growing up in the small town of Cambridge MD, raised by a grandmother and two aunts when his mother died. He went into the US Navy at 18, became a Seabee and served for 20 years. During that time he married me, fathered our 5 kids, traveled to many places around the country and the world to serve his country: Virginia, Rhode Island, Port Hueneme, Spain, Cuba, Bermuda, Alaska, and did three tours in Vietnam during the war.
After his retirement from the Seabees, he worked for Sears for 15 years. We moved to Springville and together owned and operated a residential care home for more than 20 years. Now, finally retired, we are en…