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In the third volume of Rhodes's voodoo-inspired series (after 2009's Moon), an environmental disaster brews in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina threatens. Dr. Marie Laveau, a descendant (and perhaps reincarnation) of the legendary voodoo queen, awakens from a nightmare, goes for a drive to clear her head, and finds a crime scene: John and Mimi L'Overture and their baby have been shot and killed in the village of DeLaire. She reports the murder to brothers Deet and Aaron Malveaux, respectively deputy and sheriff of DeLaire, and meets their ailing Nana, a voodooienne who's foreseen Marie's arrival. When Marie returns to work, a bullet meant for her kills one of her colleagues, so Marie returns to DeLaire to catch the killer and explore the next stage of her spellbinding destiny. (Apr.)
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Rhodes told the potent story of Marie Laveau, the nineteenth-century voodoo queen of New Orleans, in a historical novel, Voodoo Dreams (1993). She then switched to crime fiction (Voodoo Season, 2005; Yellow Moon, 2008) to portray Laveau�s descendent and namesake, a �voodooiene� and tough New Orleans ER doctor. In the third installment, a nightmarish vision impels Marie to head to bayou country, where she discovers a triple murder, a dying voodoo healer, and a creepy enclave of the walking ill. An intrepid �detective of two worlds�one tangible, the other intangible,� Marie has coalesced into the sort of smart, tough, and cranky sleuth to whom mystery readers become devoted. As Marie tangles with adversaries both human and spiritual, Rhodes unspools a hair-raising tale that entwines medicine, shamanism, corporate crime, family ties, and our troubled relationship with nature. With a gripping and provocative plot about the dark side of healing and the environmental devastation of Louisiana�s essential delta wetlands, Rhodes has fashioned a mystery with great reach and impact. One unanswered question remains: Will we see more of Dr. Marie Laveau? --Donna Seaman

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416537120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416537120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of three children's books including Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic. Towers Falling, a new middle grade, will be published in 2016.

Jewell is also the author of six adult novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Season, Moon, and Hurricane; a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness; and two writing guides: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors, and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction.

Her work has been published in China, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and in audio format and for NPR's "Selected Shorts." Her literary awards include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, two Arizona Book Awards, and a finalist citation for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

Ninth Ward has received a Parents' Choice Foundation Award and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, among others. Sugar has received the Jane Addam's Children's Book Award and has been cited as a "notable children's book" by the American Library Association and as one of the "best children's book of the year" by Kirkus Reviews.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Jackson VINE VOICE on June 21, 2011
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In Hurricane: A Novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Dr. Marie Laveau awakes from a recurring nightmare to find her daughter, Marie-Claire, also tossing-and-turning in her sleep. Marie knows the spirits are struggling to warn her of a pending disaster, and now they are also disturbing her daughter. Trusting the care of her daughter to Baron Samadi, a powerful spirit who is not only the master of death, but the giver of life, and Louise, a feisty friend, Marie heads south into the heart of the bayou to clear her head, hoping the spirits can communicate better once she is away from the city. Just as she is relaxing and settling into her drive, the atmosphere becomes sinister, as Marie becomes aware of evil surrounding her. Knowing that evil and good came in many forms, Marie wonders what to make of the brutal murder of a couple and their baby, the sheriff who seems more concerned with the care of his elderly grandmother than investigating the murder, and the elderly grandmother who not only knew who Marie was, but was expecting her. Knowing nothing is random and all is related, Marie will need to rely on all of her skills as a medical doctor and voodooienne to prevent mayhem from the spiritual and human worlds. But, time is of the essence as Hurricane Katrina is about to threaten the Gulf, and more specifically her daughter.

Hurricane, the third and final installment of the contemporary voodoo series, explores the themes of corporate greed, environmental issues, and the mysteries of the spiritual world. In Hurricane, we find Marie has now settled in accepting the destiny handed down by her great-great grandmother, Marie Laveau and power entrusted to her. Naturally feisty by nature, Marie has a very strong sense of right and wrong, accepting the challenges presented to her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Campbell on April 19, 2011
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I was so sad to hear that this is the last of the Marie Laveau mysteries as I have thoroughly enjoyed her evolution. In the first book of the series, Voodoo Season, Dr. Marie Laveau returns to New Orleans, the land of her ancestors and learns all of their secrets. And yes, one of the secrets is that she is a descendant of the great Voodoo queen of the same name.

In this installment of the series, Marie is raising her daughter and practicing medicine in New Orleans when a nightmare compells her to take a drive. She stumbles upon a murder scene in a small town and is soon drawn into the drama of the community as they recognize her as a voodoo queen and demand her healing powers. During her investigation she uncovers an environmental disaster and all the while a hurricane known as Katrina looms in the distance.

Especially interesting was learning about the devastation done to the Gulf way before Hurricane Katrina hit and exploring the supernatural reasons and ramifications.
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I'm a fan of fiction about powerful women, especially if the women have a mystical aspect to their power, so it's no surprise that I love Jewell Parker Rhodes's books about the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. For those who know about my own book-in-progress, the story of a strong priestess connected with ancient divinities will sound familiar, although Jewell's Voodooienne and my Trojan-era heroine are separated by three millennia.

The tale of Marie Laveau begins in 19th century New Orleans in Rhodes's first book, Voodoo Dreams. The next two spell-binding mysteries, Season and Moon, move into the 21st century with Marie's namesake descendant and spiritual heir, an ER doctor who combines her medical and spiritual talents.

Hurricane, her most recent book (released April 12th) opens with a newly vulnerable Marie in 2005. She's lost many of the people she has relied on, and when she's drawn deep into the Mississippi Delta to confront a foul and destructive force, she is more alone than ever. Does the danger she faces in a town where everyone seems curiously ill arise from some ancient African spirit or a greedy oil company or corrupt politics? As Katrina threatens, the ghosts of a murdered family fill her with a burning desire to bring them justice. As usual, Marie inspires sexual attraction and intense loyalty in the men around her--or violence and a desire to destroy this powerful woman who draws her strength from the memory of racial injustice, the rites of Voodoo, and the inspiration of the smart women who came before her.

If you like your "can't put it down" mystery reading infused with an inspiring take on what womanhood can be in all its aspects, then this is the book for you.
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If you like intrigue, mystery and a little voodoo this is one book you will not put down!

If you have ever been in the South you know that Voodoo is taken very seriously in some parts and it is believed that there are those who make things happen and are never questioned.

This is a book filled with emotion that includes environmental devastation of Louisiana's essential delta wetlands, the hurricane known as Katrina, and the flooding of New Orleans some of these to be projected as a way of cleansing a foul and destructive force.

This is one book that is mystical, and haunting also very spirit filled and tends to keep you on the edge of your seat kind of book.
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