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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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

More About the Author

http://www.jewellparkerrhodes.com
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Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Season, Moon, Hurricane, and the children's books, Ninth Ward, Sugar, and the upcoming Bayou Magic. Her writing guides include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction.

Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, China, Korea, France, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR's "Selected Shorts."

Her honors include: A Coretta Scott King Honor Award, 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, The Jane Addams Book Prize, a Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award, and the International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society prize. Rhodes is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State.

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Jackson VINE VOICE on June 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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By julia chavis on February 5, 2014
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Have all the others in the series in hard cover. Looked in vain for a hard cover copy of Hurricane to complete my set. When I couldn't find one, I settled for the paperback. I was very disappointed in the last novel. It did not have the depth or ability to hold me to every page, as did the first three. I consider this a sad ending. Not a good purchase. J. P. Rhodes might consider a "do-over", or an alternate ending story with much more power in its pages.
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By B. Battistoni on January 3, 2014
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Last book of the series and I wish there were more coming. Of course you have to be interested in Voodo and New Orleans culture. The book also arrived in great condition.
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By Lewsil CCC on August 28, 2013
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The subjects of voodoo, African religion, and cultural beliefs intrigue me. I've read several of Rhodes' novels, and I admire her techniques of melding character and setting to create a great novel. As Americans we should be more aware of our backgrounds and belief systems to appreciate all of our people.
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