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

Julie Smith
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Book Description

Crescent City Connection (formerly Crescent City Kill) is the SEVENTH book in the Edgar Award-winning Skip Langdon series by Julie Smith.

"Sizzles with action, making this the most memorable of the Skip Langdon series." -The Monterey Herald

"...characteristically Smith, full of surprises." -The Santa Barbara News-Press

SPICY SUSPENSE, DELICIOUS SURPRISES, AND GRITTY REALISM IN A POWERFUL TALE OF JUSTICE GONE AWRY…

Sure, New Orleans is known for corruption, but suddenly the good guys get a break—an honest police chief. And then someone guns him down. When a terrifying organization called The Jury takes out the cop-killer, Detective Skip Langdon’s on the case. But no one cares! After all, the guy was a cop-killer.

Skip cares really a lot—because she suspects The Jury’s the brainchild of her old nemesis, self-described preacher Errol Jacomine. And because other lives are at stake—those of Jacomine's granddaughter Lovelace and his younger son Isaac. Eager to add Lovelace to his maniacal fold, Jacomine has Lovelace kidnapped, but she escapes and flees to the bohemian home of her Uncle Isaac, an artist and true eccentric known as The White Monk. Isaac’s taken a vow of silence, but uncle and niece manage to communicate and form a bond that could save both their lives. And Langdon comes up with a plan so clever even the FBI can’t shout her down.

"A superbly written piece of drama, even by Smith's high standards ... plenty of subplots to keep things moving...(and) a wonderful description of the city's bizarre Easter parades" -The State (Columbia, SC)

Serious suspense… Smith’s colorful characterizations and the showdown with Jacomine make this an excellent addition to the series.” -Publishers Weekly

“If it’s gritty realism you’re craving, gently simmered with spicy suspense and marvelously memorable characters, Smith is the perfect New Orleans tour guide.” —The Clarion-Ledger

For fans of twisty, psychologically astute, heavily atmospheric stories by authors like Nevada Barr, Laura Lippmann, Ace Atkins, and Randy Wayne White.

Excerpt:
When she visited the first time, Aunt Alice had talked candidly about a relative she thought was dangerous, though everyone else in the family had decided to find him amusing—Earl Jackson, aka Errol Jacomine.

Skip came and sat down. She was presented with a writing pad—Aunt Alice could talk to you, but you had to write to her.

“Did you get my letter?”

Skip nodded. She wrote, “Thank you. That was sweet of you.”

Skip’s encounter with Jacomine was national news. Aunt Alice had written to say she knew Skip was just doing her job even though Earl Jackson was a blood relative, and she, for one, not only applauded, she was real sorry the bastard got away.

“It’s good to see you again, honey. What can I do for you this time?”

“I know it’s stupid to ask,” Skip wrote, “but has Jacomine been in touch with anyone in the family?”

“Now, honey, you know I would have let you know.”

“Just thought I’d ask,” she wrote, and pulled out a list of the things she’d already done to trace Jacomine: looked for his wife, looked for his son, badgered the Christian Community. “Can you think of anything else I could do?”

Aunt Alice’s index finger, under a layer of ladylike pink nail polish, flicked at the list. “Didn’t even know he’d married again.”

Skip’s stomach flipped over. Blood pounded in her ears: this was something. She wrote, “Again? You mean this wasn’t his first marriage?”

“Oh, lordy, lordy. How would you know? Yes, ma’am, he was married, and thereby hangs a tale. Now where’d I put that thing?” She got up and left the room. Skip wanted to chase her, grabbing at the flapping folds of her purple windsuit.

But there was nothing to do but wait, drumming her fingers, swinging her leg, all but biting her nails.


Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

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).
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another spiffy adventure June 25, 1999
By A Customer
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuh Awlins 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Smith April 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second read for me! 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mystery !!!!! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired of Jacomine
I get tired of Skip chasing the same man in so many novels. I had to skim through the last part of this one.

The whole thing was such a downer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Crescent City Connection review
Crescent City Connection by author Julie Smith is the seventh book in the Skip Langdon series. These stories are really good.
Published 1 month ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars This was great
This book flowed pretty well. It was a story that held my interest most of the time. The characters were more believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Starmagic
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the Skip Langdon series!
The story begins with a bang. There is a group that calls themselves The Jury, which believes they are doing the job the justice system is not able to do by eliminating criminals... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Prejean
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a Christian Minister can be this crazy.
One crazy thought after another comes to Earl Jacomine, unfortunately his followers are crazy enough to do anything he wants. A great study of fanatics and OCD. A great read.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn G. Manuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story. Interesting Characters.
An interesting read. Det. Skip doesn't dazzle in this one but she's right there for the whole thing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AZRider
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Once you get into the story it becomes quite gripping.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved every minute of it.
Published 1 month ago by Bettina
4.0 out of 5 stars The story held my interest!
I enjoyed this story with its complex plot. One suggestion I have though would be for the author to add a description of each of the characters in front of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LisaD
4.0 out of 5 stars Crescent City Connection: An Action-Packed New Orleans Mystery; Skip...
This is a excellent action packed murder mystery filled with characters that have so many quirks and different life styles that it is hard to decide what the plot is as the first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nana
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More About the Author

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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