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Inside The Labyrinth: A Bo Landry Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Bobby DeLaughter
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(Hardboiled crime)
Imagine a serial rapist and killer, seemingly dormant for years, stirring again. After throwing two Mississippi counties into a frantic tailspin, he migrates to New Orleans. What better killing ground than the nation’s murder capital—not to mention its dismal arrest and conviction rates—for a homicidal beast to satiate his uncensored cravings at will? As corpses pile up in Jackson, and narcotics agent Bo Landry loses his job, he finds himself starting anew in the Big Easy.
A year passes. And just as Bo is launching a new career as a private investigator, he finds himself mired in fresh horrific killings. Because the connections to the Mississippi bloodbath are unmistakable to the authorities, they come to the chilling realization that the same lunatic, who earlier struck in Mississippi with devastating brutality and cunning, now lurks in the dark recesses of New Orleans. Two young women have been savagely raped and slaughtered, and a third has drawn the focus of the beast’s depraved lust.
An aura of terror and death encircles Bo Landry. Blood and destruction follow him everywhere. Is he an unfortunate victim crippled by the backlash, or is each frightening catastrophe wielded by his deadly hand?

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About the Author

In "Never Too Late: A Prosecutor’s Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Murder Case" (Scribner 2001), Bobby DeLaughter—the assistant district attorney portrayed by Alec Baldwin in Rob Reiner’s "Ghosts of Mississippi"—took readers through his fascinating, real-life journey in bringing to justice the assassin of civil rights pioneer and hero Medgar Evers decades after the murder. Among readers’ reviews of "Never Too Late": “[A] great read, so compelling I could not put it down…. Mr. DeLaughter is widely described as very private, but in his writing he and his experience are so accessible the reader feels as if s/he is there every step of the way…. [A]n intelligent and inspiring work that should not be missed.” Molly B. Nolan “[A]n excellent and poignant book.” Schmerguls “Well written and engaging!” BookEnthusiast “DeLaughter, a fluid and powerful writer, takes us deep into the heart of evil….” Barry Bradford “Vivid words paint a clear picture of…irrational hate….” C.W. Emblom Inside the Labyrinth is Bobby DeLaughter’s debut novel, an erotic thriller in which he exerts that same vividness to paint a clear portrait of a sexual predator serial killer, taking the reader deep into the mind and soul of evil, lust and power. It is a story of good and evil, love and heartache, and not without the occasional well-placed relief of humor. DeLaughter so skillfully draws readers into his characters’ circumstances, personalities, and aspirations, it is impossible not to become invested in their lives. The victims are not mere statistics or literary props, and when they die it becomes our loss and resulting void. The journey DeLaughter now takes us on is not merely one from his roots of Jackson, Mississippi to his new home along the narrow streets and alleys of the famous French Quarter of New Orleans, but into a world of darkness that somehow flourishes in the plain sight of light, for malevolence is concealed behind many deceptive visages. Inside life’s many labyrinths one never knows what lurks around the next twisted turn.

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  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Big Easy Living, LLC (March 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZ25CO4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! A new series is born March 19, 2014
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Bobby DeLaughter has roots in both Mississippi and New Orleans, and this page turner does as well. Readers should start with the opening remarks, his "Author's Note/Reader Advisory", where DeLaughter warns us that this will be a journey to the heart of darkness. He does not fail in this regard; however, nothing is ever gratuitous. This is not your average "serial killer" novel, nor is it derivative in it's execution. DeLaughter's extensive experience with the criminal justice system, as a prosecutor and a judge, has allowed him to afford us insights often missing with lesser works. There are true twists and turns, and the outcomes are not intuitively discerned from the beginning. As my personal litmus test, I downloaded this book to all my personal devices, including my phone, so that I would have ready access at all times. Well done, Bobby! Let's hope you are busy working on the second Bo Landry thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Labyrinth by Bobby DeLaughter April 3, 2014
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Labeled “an erotic thriller,” Bobby DeLaughter’s novel Inside the Labyrinth is so much more. A character driven novel that introduces Bo Landry, private investigator, it also plumbs the depth of evil and the war waged by the forces of good. That the novel was released during Lent seems appropriate: many of the characters are soul searchers, full of doubt, sure that they must do better as human beings. Even in their darkest moments, however, they recognize their responsibility to, and are blessed by, the role of community.
Not so the serial killer who says with relish “I am who I am.” It is his knowledge of what rules him without restraints that is so terrifying. He knows mankind in a chilling way that it does not know itself, realizing “how blinded people are by mazes of their own construction: their preconceptions, greed, hatred, and bigotry.”
Ultimately, one of the novel’s major themes is redemption through suffering. And while the reader’s allegiance will go immediately to Bo, there are other characters of honor who gain our attention: Tom Davis, circuit court judge, who questions how to satisfy one part of suffering humanity without forgetting the suffering of all, a question that has permeated the human condition since the beginning of time. You will admire Tom’s struggles to do as Jefferson said we must “to bridge the chasm between “rights” and what is right,” and you will regret his connection to the serial killer.
Ambrose the monsignor at St. Louis Cathedral with his insightful messages of hope, his beliefs put into action to help a struggling community, also functions as a mouth piece for the author.
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Inside the Labyrinth is a book that I could not put down-a page turner that I finished in one night of late reading. Even though the theme is one of spine chilling gore, it is laced with history and philosophy. It felt like I was wandering the streets of the French Quarter and Uptown New Orleans. The character of Bo Landry is well developed with many facets and flaws. I want to read more about his NOLA exploits. Great job Bobby. Please write another one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Labyrinth well worth the read. April 8, 2014
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The descriptions of place are very important to me in a novel. I need to be able to feel the place, experience the smells, sounds and aura of the place. DeLaughter does that for you in this novel. The characters also have depths and foibles that allow you to get to know and care about them. The erotica is secondary; the thrill and suspense make this a real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading April 12, 2014
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Enjoyed the book very much. Hard to put down when I started reading. I could picture in my mind Bo, the main character, as he went about his daily activities. Since I am from the area always love books that are set in LA and MS. Cannot wait for the sequel or another book from Mr. DeLaughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I will read more by this author April 11, 2014
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I stayed up until 3 am to finish this book, I literally couldn't put it down. I intend to read more by this author , and hopefully of Bo Landry & co. Very well paced
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pulse pounding thriller that kept me guessing April 9, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Although it is labeled as an erotic thriller, it focuses more on the thriller aspect. The parts that are considered erotic are more a small part of the acts of a killer, not the rambling bedroom scenes that are in so many kindle books these days.

There is some graphic violence, so be prepared for it before reading, but it all ties in well with the story. I thought the author did an excellent job of developing the characters. The dialogue was well written and engaging.

The author's description of New Orleans is spot on. I have been to many of the places in the French Quarter that are mentioned, and the vivid descriptions took me back there.

This is a great book for readers that enjoy realistic mystery thrillers that let you into the serial killer's mind as well as the cop's mindset. An excellent first novel by this author. Good job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love Bo !! April 9, 2014
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I really liked this book. The characters were well developed and I love Bo !! I didn't figure out the killer right away, which is always a bonus. I can't wait for the second book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Enjoyed the characters, they are well developed and realistic. Got me on "the beast." Hope Bo Landry will have a sequel.
Published 1 month ago by Office of District Attorney
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. One of the best books I've read in a long time. I can't wait for the next one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jprice
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg this is Awesome! Not the type of book I ever read ...
Omg this is Awesome! Not the type of book I ever read however, knowing the author personally I had to read. This is great I look forward to his next book.
Published 8 months ago by Wanda Wasson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading!
I loved the story settings. The descriptions of the city and French Quarter made it come alive. A great story. Can't wait to read more of your work.
Published 8 months ago by Yvette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
spine tingling, didn't want to put it down. Great characters. lots of fun to read. made me feel like I was there. raised in big easy so could relate to it. thanks
Published 9 months ago by James M Peden
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
This new author has what it takes to create many more interesting page turners. Even without adding the scary, graphic scenes, it would have been a great read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tall Sister
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books i have read lately
one of the best books i have read lately. i am from area where a lot of this story is about.
Published 10 months ago by Michael D Steadman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good story, nice twists and turns......I look forward to reading what Bo is up to next.
Published 10 months ago by Roslyn D Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Wishy-washy
This story could really be good if the author concentrated more on the cop/killer story line than on the history or geography of the setting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Helter
4.0 out of 5 stars Lasciviousness Content Superfluous to Novel's Premise
Disclaimer--I bought this book because I've always admired Bobby DeLaughter and I still believe he got a raw deal from Trent Lott and that faction. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lucy A. Hansford
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Bobby DeLaughter was born February 28, 1954, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but grew up in the state's capital city of Jackson. He secured an undergraduate degree from Ole Miss in 1975 (majors in history and political science, minor in psychology), and graduated from the Ole Miss Law School in 1977. Over a career spanning three decades, DeLaughter was a criminal defense attorney, prosecutor, and trial judge.

As portrayed by acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin in Rob Reiner's movie, "Ghosts of Mississippi," Bobby DeLaughter was the assistant district attorney who re-prosecuted white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers. DeLaughter later authored a memoir about the re-investigation and trial, "Never Too Late: A Prosecutor's Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Murder Case" (Scribner 2001). His closing argument in the trial is one of only ten selected and featured in "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments in Modern Law," edited by H. Caldwell et al (Scribner 1998); and his successful prosecution of the case is included in "Famous Trials: Cases That Made History," by Frank McLynn (Reader's Digest 1995). His career in law ended in 2009, with a federal conviction of obstruction of justice, for giving a false statement to FBI agents.

Bobby DeLaughter and his wife now live in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he has resumed writing. His debut novel, "Inside the Labyrinth: A Bo Landry Erotic Thriller," is available exclusively from Amazon.

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