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An Evil Shadow - A Val Bosanquet Mystery (The Val Bosanquet Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

AJ Davidson
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Book Description

Fans of HBO's True Detective should make a point of reading this book. The first in a series of books, each one taking a different crime as its theme. Val Bosanquet, a former New Orleans detective, is offered a job as Chief of a campus PD. A Haitian child killer he helped convict for the murder of her mother has just been enrolled at the university. Val stumbles across new evidence linking the ten-year old murder to a disgraced cop and one of America's most popular sportswear companies. Corporate corruption and Voodoo make for a volatile mix in the deep south.

Editorial Reviews


Great story. I could not put this down. I finished this story in 2 days. Only because I had to work, or I would have finished it in one day.
Lisa M. Villaneuva

From the Author

Unfortunately, I recently uploaded an early, unedited, file copy of An Evil Shadow. Mea Culpa. The intended file has now been sent to Amazon and readers can download the correct version. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AYEM66
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book and am writing this review in response to a posting by the author on the Amazon Kindle forum lamenting that there were no reviews of any of his books. Therefore, I humbly weigh in.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery/action thriller set in New Orleans (always a treat to read a book set in this fascinating city). Val Bosanquet, the main character, is a former police officer (detective?) from NO, who retired after capturing a young girl, Marie Duval, who killed her own mother while defending herself from her mother's voodoo torture/ceremonies. She was only 9 at the time. Although convicted of the crime, the extenuating circumstance allowed her to obtain mental and other rehab. Now, ten years later, with the help of a Haitian charitable organization, she will enroll as a freshman at New Orleans University- which will be controversial due to her violent past. The school hires Val to be the new chief of campus police, believing that his past involvement with her will help diffuse the problems.

Val, still shadowed emotionally by that old case, agrees. As he does so, he begins to learn new facts about that old crime, leading to investigate the Haitian charity, a famous athletic goods manufacturer, and old "Baby Doc" Duvalier's (of Haiti) followers and enemies in a series of new corruptions, some related to that old crime.

With many twists and turns, a heavy dose of the Haitian community, voodoo, and the bayou areas around the city, the story rapidly moves forward to a series of well built climaxes. In short, this is a fine mystery, with well defined characters, good action, and a satisfying conclusion. I will read more of his books, and encourage others to do so.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better. February 20, 2013
By Fanella
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This book was free so I basically got what I paid for. There were quite a few grammatical errors, the editing needed work, and the plot could've been put together better. It all felt a little rushed to me and the ending left me feeling incomplete. I also felt like the author could have done a better job at character description. I didn't really feel an emotional connection with the characters. I only finished it because I wanted to see what the ending would be like. It's just not one of those books that leaves a lasting impression. It wasn't an altogether bad book, but it just needed a lot more work done on it. If you're bored and you need a quick read in between books then go ahead and pick this one up. I must add that as a plus the author did do research when it came to Haitian culture and voodoo lore. It's honestly not a bad book, it just needed a little more work.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and well-researched August 26, 2010
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The opening chapter sets the scene and pace of An Evil Shadow: the reader is brought in to the bathroom apartment of a mysterious individual who rarely uses his own apartment. Suddenly, another mysterious man attacks. From the moment of the first scene, An Evil Shadow draws the reader into a complex story of corporate and personal greed.

The central character of the book is Val Bosanquet, a former police detective who quit the force for unknown reasons. However, he is offered a second chance at police work when his twin brother proposes that Val become the Chief of the University of New Orleans Police Department. Val joins, but not out of a sense of renewed public duty, but because of a connection in his new job with an old, and personal, case from his days on the NOPD. As Val investigates the mysterious connection between his first post-marriage murder case and his current job in order to protect the murderer of that very same case, he is brought into a dark world of scams and cons committed in Haiti, and the political result of those scams.

AJ Davidson does a great job developing Val as the central character: by the end of the book the reader truly fees as if he knows Val. The author also did a good job developing the minor characters in the story. There is Val's shallow ex-wife, his equally vain twin brother, and a cast of villans that constantly let you think you have guessed the ending, when you are far from the truth. There is a large cast of characters, which can be a bit confusing at times. A couple of the characters were not distinguishable enough from each other to always keep straight in the plot-line, even if they played a major role.

Davidson clearly knows a lot about the history of Haiti, New Orleans, and the impact of Voodoo culture on both.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story April 20, 2013
By Dorothy
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This is a great story. I have never read this author before, so decided to try the book. I am surely glad I did. I got it for my Kindle, and the book goes up to 5690, in case this helps anyone. The story is well written, but a bit lengthy and involved. The characters are well defined, and he gives details on all the characters, including the minor ones. This could well be why the book is a bit long, now that I think of it. The book is well researched and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

Val is a former New Orleans detective and he is offered a job with the Campus Police Department. Val, after some hesitation, agrees to take the job. A child killer he helped arrest about ten years ago for the murder of her mother has just been enrolled at the university. Val discovers new information that suggests a bad cop is actually the one who did the murder. Val also discovers corporate corruption and voodoo and he handles these well. There is far too much to the story to give you a large synopsis, so you will have to read the book for more of that.

The author, to me, writes in the style of (not the same subject matter) Vince Flynn, the author of the Mitch Rap series, without all the blood and guts. There are some cuss words to this story, but no sex scenes. This is a mystery involving murder, so expect to see that.

All in all, this is a great book and I think you will enjoy it as much as I have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting detective story
I enjoyed reading this detective story. The many grammar errors could be overlooked since the story was interesting, but made me wish there was a way to at least suggest edits in... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by HortonVanB
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story ruined by lousy proofing!
This book could have been really good, but it was absolutely ruined by lack of proofreading, making it ridiculous

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Nice Surprise
I love supporting self-published, Indie writers ... but unfortunately there is often a good reason the books are self-published. The books very often are almost unreadable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Florida Gal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Evil Shadow
I can not stand To read à story about à hero with no brains. Val and his wife separated so she could live with his brother. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good story that things are not always what they seem. It will draw you in as you try to figure things out.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Added to my Kindle library. Amazon Prime is worth what it costs.
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More About the Author

AJ Davidson is a traditionally published author and playwright, who, in Spring 2010, made the switch to Indie. He is keen to explore the potential of a rapidly changing publishing world, and is enjoying the closer contact with his readers that e-books afford.

AJ has a degree in Social Anthropology. Married for 30 years, he has two children, a Harrier hound and a cat called Dusty.

Best known for his Val Bosanquet crime thriller series, AJ has also written a number of stand alone books. His WWII thriller, Churchill's Queen, reached #1 with Sony's American and Canadian readers.

Currently, AJ is working on the fifth book in the Val Bosanquet series of crime thrillers.

A member of the ITW. Represented by the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency.

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