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Crescent City Connection: An Action-Packed New Orleans Mystery; Skip Langdon #7 (The Skip Langdon Series) Kindle Edition

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Length: 368 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon pits her skills against a vigilante group known as The Jury. Skip suspects her old nemesis, the con man and killer Errol Jacomine. Realism, violence, and good reading from the author of The Kindness of Strangers (LJ 3/15/96).
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A vigilante group calling itself the Jury is killing people who, for one reason or another, slip through the justice system without receiving adequate punishment for their crimes. (The novel begins with a case similar to the O. J. Simpson case--only this time, someone assassinates the sports hero after he receives the not-guilty verdict.) New Orleans detective Skip Langdon suspects an old foe, Errol Jacomine, of being the brains behind the Jury, but she's having a hard time convincing anyone else. This latest Skip Langdon novel is, at times, slightly confusing: the plot's many threads take too long to knit together. But the story is still intriguing, and Smith's fans will no doubt relish the return of Jacomine, the psychopathic (yet charismatic) preacher who wreaked havoc in the previous Langdon novel, The Kindness of Strangers. For another New Orleans procedural series, try D. J. Donaldson's Andy Broussard novels. David Pitt

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  • Publisher: booksBnimble Mysteries Thrillers and Suspense (November 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
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I first knew I wanted to be a writer at seven, knew it was mysteries I'd write at 12, was desperate to win the Edgar at 13, but became a journalist to...well...keep from starving till I had the courage to actually try it. I had a great time and learned more than ten colleges could have taught as a reporter for first the New Orleans Times-Picayune and later the San Francisco Chronicle. Finally, I wrote six or seven mysteries (I've lost count!) over a period of eight years, to absolutely no avail, and was about to give up when I made my first sale. DEATH TURNS A TRICK was my first published book, and the Rebecca Schwartz series was born. I later added a second San Francisco series, plus two in New Orleans, and guess what? My first New Orleans book, NEW ORLEANS MOURNING, won the Edgar for Best Novel.

So some dreams come true! Boy, it was hard, and it took forever, but mine actually did. I'm still pinching myself. After wanting something so much and finally getting it, who would have thought I'd turn to something else after twenty-one books? (That's right, twenty-one not counting a non-fiction one on writing itself. So, twenty-two, really.) My whole identity was writing. But along came ebooks! Suddenly a gigantic opportunity opened up. I realized I could be a publisher myself---I could help other people achieve their own dreams. I couldn't help it, I got the publishing bug. Bad.

In 2010, I founded www.booksBnimble.com, a digital publishing company that focused at first on video-enhanced ebooks, but now not so much enhanced as just great quality---and, as you might imagine, with an emphasis on mysteries. So far, we've published eight authors (including me). It's been a treat to learn to function in another whole world and it's been incredibly rewarding to be able to help other writers, to bring back people's backlists, and to discover new, exciting talent.

Check out some of our terrific authors--Patty Friedmann, Marika Christian, Tony Dunbar, Anneke Campbell, Whitney Stewart, and Lee Pryor. Coming soon: mystery authors Greg Herren, Liz Zelvin, Shelley Singer, and Mickey Friedman.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1997
Format: Hardcover
There is a national movement called The Jury that has arrived out of nowhere, hides behind a veil of secrecy, and is attracting the attention of many good people who are covertly cheering them on. Who is this group? Ostensibly, they are a group of citizens concerned that the justice system in America is letting too many guilty people go free. Rather than sit idly by, they intend to do something about it. Their first act of vigilante justice is to kill an OJ like sports figure who was found not guilty of murdering his wife. The public felt that the man bought his innocent verdict and that justice was finally served.

In New Orleans, a corrupt white police superintendent resigns and is replaced by an honest black man. The people have hope that the wide spread corruption will be swept away by the new top cop. Instead, the man is gunned down by a supremacist, who loathes the idea of a black running the police department. When the police, including Detective Skip Langdon, arrest the perp, The Jury assassinates him. Skip smells the evil odor of her old enemy, the psychopathic Errol Jacomine, as the mastermind behind The Jury. In a cat and mouse game where the stakes are Skip's life, the officer and the criminal must enter the other's head if they expect to win the fight.

CRESCENT CITY KILL is a classic good Vs evil battle with the villain being so alluring he obtains the support of good people. The intrepid heroine is forced to risk her soul in an epic war against the evil genius. This is an excellent novel in a superb series that fans will not want to miss.

Harriet Klausner
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While maybe not one of the greatest of the Skip Langdon novels, Crescent City Kill delivered all the excitement I've come to expect from Smith. However, I'm getting a bit tired of the Jacomine business, and I'd like to move on. It may be an easy way to come up with new novels, but I think some different plot lines might be good every other book or so. Still, while it isn't the earlier Skip Langdon novels, it's worth reading.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Pan on February 28, 2013
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Julie Smith is obviously a native of New Orleans. She captures the flavor of the city perfectly Her charactations are excellent. These are native New Orleans people she is writing about. Her plot lines are marvelous. I highly recommend this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lara Mclean on April 13, 2013
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Julie Smith is probably the most underrated writer you've never heard of. I started with the Rebecca Schwartz series and moved to Skip Langdon. I don't know how I ever wreak those other authors. Smith is a genius at weaving stories and personalities and bless her heart, she has a real vocabulary!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gameplayer on November 2, 2012
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Fast moving story and an easy read.If you enjoy New Orleans settings and customs ,you'll like this.Typical of her other books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on May 16, 2009
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Julie Smith was recommended to me some time ago by an online friend when I was discussing how I like mystery novels best when they explore a location/time as their main reason for being. I have never been to New Orleans, so I cannot evaluate how accurate her exploration of it really is, but this certainly does seem to fit into the category of exploration of space.

I picked this particular book in the Skip Langdon series up at random in a second-hand store. It probably is not the best place to have begun with the series. There's no real mystery, since it is reasonably clear from the beginning who the bad guy is-- more a question of proving it than figuring it out. Moreover, the baddie is clearly a recurring character so I suspect that I missed a lot of subtext relating to the earlier books. So although I enjoyed the writing and the context, the plot was a little bit weak.

If someone can recommend another book by Smith that would be a better place to begin, I might be willing to give it a go.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dragonfly's Daughter on December 8, 2012
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I read this before in paperback and snatched it up now that it's being offered in digital format. Julie Smith is one of my favorite mystery writers and Skip Langdon ranks right alongside Stephanie Plum. My highest recommendations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2012
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Julie Smith does write a very well written book. When you see one of her books you always want to purchase it . Keeping my eyes open for another one. Thank you for offering her books.
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