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Gulf Ghost: A Palmer Morel Mystery--Book Seven Paperback – September 2, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Palmer Morel
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419612247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419612244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,857,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Real-life Events at UNC Spawn Fictional Take

By Luke DeCock The News & Observer
August 17, 2013

If athletic scandals in Chapel Hill have seemed stranger than fiction, it's only fitting someone finally got
around to working them into actual fiction.

Larry Rochelle has lived in the area for almost seven years, but it took a tour of Chapel Hill's hidden spots from one of his Fearrington Village neighbors followed by the continuing revelations at North Carolina to spawn his latest mystery thriller, "Back to the Rat," published via Lulu.

Rochelle knew he wanted his next Morel novel to involve brain-washing and mind-control techniques, but he needed bad guys. He found them in Chapel Hill, where the real-life scandal at North Carolina served as fodder for the book.

"The academic scandal just resonated with me, perhaps because I've taught in college" said Rochelle, a former junior-college professor.

With literary license, Rochelle imagines it going back decades, much bigger and far more nefarious. Events in the book spin out of control, involving the CIA, organized crime and other malefactors on a grand scale.

For Rochelle, it wasn't a giant leap from what's going on at North Carolina.

"You look at point shaving, and then you look at what's happening at UNC," Rochelle said. "They're very young, they don't have much money, and they're relying on a guy named 'Fats' who's loaning them cars and such.

"My concern with them is, what do they want from the players? Is there a quid pro quo? Maybe you don't score so much in the next game, or don't make it 20 points, make it 10. I don't know when you take that step if you're a player or a gambler."

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Reviewed by Brad Phelps for Reader Views (12/06)

In this book, the author brings the life of the mafia and a crazed rapist doctor together. There are many characters and each has a different story, but they all come together in the end. A tennis-pro keeps popping up at the wrong time, mistakenly seeing mafia transactions take place.

This novel has two stories in a way. In a small Mississippi town, there is a doctor who drugs and rapes his female patients. His neighbor has a giant crush on him and she finally works up the courage to go to his office and make an appointment, but finds the doctor raping a drugged, pregnant woman. But she doesn't care and has sex with him anyway, even while the naked, passed out woman is still there. The doctor knew he messed up and hit the road.

For the other plot, a tennis-pro, his girlfriend, and his brain-damaged friend have just moved to the same town. The city is almost run by the local casino, and the mafia has deep ties in it. Palmer Morel, the tennis-pro, accidentally encounters a money exchange from the mafia and saves a few union members at the casino from being killed. This makes the mob angrier and they plot to kill him. Palmer's ill friend dies and they decide to spread her cremated ashes in the sea. While all this happening there is a hurricane coming towards the city.

This book is definitely geared towards an adult audience. It has a lot of sexually explicit content and profanity. But it was a very good book. The author was good at tying each person together which keeps you wanting to read more. I recommend this book to anyone that likes mafia-type books; also if you like lots of action, read this book.

What do you do when your own doctor can't be trusted?
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