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"Relentless tempo ... sharp writing." Kirkus Discoveries

"Intertwining relevant 21st century issues with captivating character development and suspenseful action, Fleet's thriller is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans 2005. A serial killer is on the loose [and] detective Frank Renzi [must catch him] before he claims his next victim. A wholehearted "Bravo!" -- K. G. Hunt Florida Times-Union

"Creole-flavored suspense!" The Sun Chronicle

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When I moved to New Orleans in 2001, a serial killer was terrorizing young women in Baton Rouge, LA. An FBI profiler predicted the killer would be a white man in his thirties, an unattractive man who lived alone and had problems interacting with women. After several more women were murdered, police finally in 2001 arrested Derek Todd Lee, a black man who was married with children and a known womanizer. Lee was convicted of several of the murders and remains on death row in a Louisiana prison. You can read about the case on my blog: DARK DEEDS: serial killers, stalkers and domestic homicides. 

This was my inspiration for ABSOLUTION. My serial killer is quite different from the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, but the book does include racial profiling as an incendiary element that arouses passions on both sides in New Orleans. Equally contentious is the tipster's accusation that the serial killer is a young white priest. Who is the killer? Will he keep on delivering his twisted idea of "absolution" or will NOPD Detective Frank Renzi stop him?

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  • File Size: 3317 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Music and Mayhem Press (February 16, 2008)
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MNH7JY
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Midway through her successful career as a professional trumpeter, Susan Fleet discovered her dark side and began writing crime fiction. New Orleans is the setting for her award-winning Frank Renzi crime thrillers: Absolution, Diva, Natalie's Revenge, Jackpot and most recently, Natalie's Art.

Premier Book Awards named Absolution Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009. Feathered Quill Book Awards named Natalie's Revenge Best Mystery 2014. Now there's a sequel! Natalie's Art.

Susan lived in New Orleans for nine years and now divides her time between the Big Easy and Boston. Visit her website and send her an email. She'd love to hear from you!

Her other passion is promoting talented women musicians. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music, she created a course about female musicians, jazz and classical. Read about them at

Susan also blogs about crime on DARK DEEDS: serial killers, stalkers and domestic homicides.
And don't miss RENZI'S RANTS! NOPD Detective Frank Renzi rants about whatever is on his mind!

Some of her favorite authors are: Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Patricia Cornwell, John Sandford, Elmore Leonard, Thomas Perry and Martin Cruz Smith.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By carl brookins VINE VOICE on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This brutal, dark and explicit novel has a compelling drive to the third-person narrative that makes it difficult to look away. In part, I suspect, readers may be drawn on by an almost irresistible desire to learn how much farther the author is willing to go.
Set in one of the most suggestive cities on the continent, New Orleans, the author has created a nasty killer of similar proportions. The Sinner stalks his victims with a relentless attention to detail until one begins to wonder if he'll get away with his crimes. At times the suspense is extremely intense.

It reveals nothing to mention that he does meet an appropriate eventual end, because the mystery is in his identity, carefully concealed through most of the narrative. As the title suggests the psycho-sexual aberration at the heart of this killer's impetus is rooted in an intense religiosity and the issues that raises. The sweaty pre-Katrina summer season in New Orleans only enhances the often oppressive feelings of many of the scenes.
The novel combines a multiplicity of viewpoints with several elements of subgenres of this kind of commercial fiction, relentless if sometimes mis-directed police procedures, multiple murders, obscure and difficult motives and complicated relationships between members of a pretty large cast. The tension between the detectives and a local reporter, for example, is very well explored, as are certain racial elements.
If there are a few lapses in logic, an occasional unexplained coincidence, and some dialogue gaffes, overall, Absolution stands out as a highly credible effort.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By KGH on March 29, 2009
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Intertwining relevant 21st century issues with captivating character development, suspenseful action and a little twist of humor now and then, Susan Fleet has created a crime drama that stands in a league of its own, far above the ordinary whodunit murder mystery. Fleet's pre-Katrina New Orleans 2005 has a serial killer on the loose, targeting vulnerable women; nerves are tighter than the strings on a jazz piano, while racial tensions and religious controversy play into the frantic efforts of rogue detective Frank Renzi to find the killer before he claims his next victim.

"Absolution" author Susan Fleet is well known in the music world as a trumpeter, music historian and champion of women's pioneering contributions to jazz and classical music; her website [...] contains an ever-growing wealth of information on these fascinating women. The website also provides another convenient venue for ordering ABSOLUTION, Ms. Fleet's first foray into fiction. This reader gives her newest endeavor a wholehearted "Bravo!"
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Gregory on October 21, 2010
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'Absolution', Susan Fleet; 2008, Self-Published
In New Orleans, a psychotic killer is murdering women and removing trophies from them. New Orleans Police Department homicide detective Frank Renzi joins up with Rona Jefferson, an African-American journalist in his determination to apprehend this monster. Rona believes that too many black males are immediate suspects of the police department. A tip leads them down an unusual and surprising road. When the police begin to close in on the murderer, he gets to know an emotionally broken and weak teenage girl whom he convinces to run away with him. So now they're on the run with the police in pursuit when things really heat up.

For me, it is hard to believe that 'Absolution' is a first novel for Susan Fleet. Her story pulses with the experience of a career author who has written many mysteries. In 'Absolution', Fleet skillfullly introduces topics of corruption in the NOPD, racial tensions and religious conflicts while still maintaining a solid, concise and fascinating plot. She goes inside the head of the killer with a rare talent. 'Absolution' has characters that are engrossing and diversified; Fleet has done an excellent job of writing an 'I couldn't put it down' thriller.

First class writing! Hope there will be more from Susan Fleet.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amy R on July 28, 2013
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I'm honestly floored by all the rave reviews for this book. I found it very tedious and terribly unrealistic. The characters all act like egotistical idiots. Their behavior is completely irrational and only works to create (weak) conflict. For example, the man who leads the task force to catch the killer runs around screaming at people and making threats while ignoring all evidence presented to him and randomly arresting black men based on zero evidence. Why? Simply because having the cops yelling at each other serves as (very poor) conflict. The main character also makes idiotic choices, like not telling other people about every decent lead he has, going all the way to some church to ask a nun two questions but then NOT questioning the one priest EVERYBODY is pointing him toward, and (of course) continuing to investigate even after he's been taken off the case. The bad guy of course has a nightmare childhood, so cliche it's laughable. Like the other characters, he does things that simply make no sense. Even the side characters are apparently all morons. For example, the main character worries how to tell his daughter that he and his wife haven't slept in the same bed since she (the daughter) was two. Did his daughter not live in the same house as them? How could she be raised by them, and live with them her whole life, yet NOT notice that they sleep in separate beds? She must be the most oblivious child EVER.

To top it all off, the narrative is full of clunky phrases ("her small but compact body"), strange continuity problems (like somebody putting out a cigarette in one line, then puffing on it in the next) and awkward repetitions (I dare you to count how many times somebody's groin pulses).

In summary, ridiculous characterization completely destroyed the story.
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