"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
From the Author
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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