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About the Author

Louisiana is Jimmy Fox?s home. When he?s not creating fictional genealogy, Fox enjoys sorting fact from fiction in his own family history. He?s a proud member of the Mystery Writers of America. Deadly Pedigree was first in Fox?s award-winning mystery series; Lineages and Lies followed in 2002. Author?s website:

Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595308864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595308866
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,266,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine Mccreedy on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Tired of the genealogy textbooks? Give your brain a rest and delve into some genealogy fiction with a sinister twist. Read Jackpot Blood and you just might learn a thing or two about genealogy research. In his newest Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery, Jimmy Fox weaves the essence of genealogy research seamlessly into the story with wonderfully long descriptions of real genealogy methods and existing records.

In Jackpot Blood, Nick Herald, professional genealogist, is hired to identify both ancestors and descendants of six core families in the recently recognized Katogoula Indian tribe. Someone, however, wants the tribe's past and present kept a secret. Tribe members are murdered one by one as non-Indians stake out a reservation and casino bosses wine and dine the tribal council. As Nick digs further into the tribe's history, old tribal beliefs resurface and Nick must determine if the killings are human, animal, or spiritual. As an author Fox does his job so well in this book I suspected everyone and everything of having a motive to kill.

Although few of us have the resources to pursue a genealogy to the extent Herald does, genealogists will be enthralled with the genealogical hunt as the story progresses. As Nick explores the tribe's history readers will experience the thrill of rooting out answers in long-forgotten sources and share his triumph when he breaks down a brick wall because he took good paper and pencil notes. Fox also has Nick deal with the everyday annoyances of researching in libraries and old courthouses. Anyone who has ever spent long hours looking at a census will chuckle at Fox's description of a squabble that takes place between Nick and another library patron concerning the use of a microfilm reader.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Tardif on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Jimmy Fox's latest novel, Jackpot Blood, is a 'whale' of a treat! Adventurous and persistent, the main character, Nick Herald, is a genealogist who is driven to analyze family records of the Katogoula Indians. And in the process, he uncovers secrets, lies...and murder. The tribe is diminishing into non-existence unless Nick can dig up the past. Wary of hidden dangers, Nick stalks a killer bent on keeping the past dead and buried.

Jackpot Blood is rich with Louisiana imagery. Author Jimmy Fox exhibits an almost poetic quality in his descriptive ambiance. The quirky characters are 3-dimensional and ripe with spicy flavor--Louisiana 'Hot Sauce' to an avid reader! WARNING: Read carefully, so that you don't miss a single detail! Jackpot Blood makes the reader yearn to research their own past, the lost generations before them. But then again, maybe a skeleton or two could be found in that closet too!

Hit 'pay-dirt' with Fox's newest novel in The Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery series. Take a gamble on this book; you won't be disappointed. In fact, after reading Jackpot Blood, you'll be ready to shout "JACKPOT!" I give it...three cherries!

~ Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Author of Divine Intervention
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn A. Becker on September 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jackpot Blood is the first Nick Herald mystery I have read and it certainly won't be the last. Nick Herald is a certified genealogist from New Orleans who earns a precarious living by tracing the family roots of his clients, who are often less than pleased with the results of his findings. This time Nick has been asked to help a newly-recognized Indian tribe establish guidelines for recognizing membership in the tribe. The federal recognition of the Katogoula tribe sets off a chain reaction of events that reaches from the corrupt halls of power in Baton Rouge to the bright lights and dirty money of Las Vegas and back to the deep woods of the Louisiana bayou. Along the way we are introduced to a diverse and believable group of characters who inhabit each of these worlds and come to interact in surprising ways. As the reader is drawn into the story, each of the different plot elements is brought together in a very satisfying way. Unlike many mysteries that hold the readers attention only to fall apart at the end, Jackpot Blood builds to a very suspenseful conclusion that is engrossing and totally in character with the story. Hick Herald's passion for genealogy and discovering the truth no matter where it leads him is an integral part of the narrative and fascinating for all of us who have wondered about our origins and family history. A good read.
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By Julie Hailer on October 12, 2015
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It is so obvious that the author (Fox) really knows genealogy and the processes involved as well as the history and practice of the tribal/federal recognition process, tribal gaming and the tribal-federal/state government relationship(s). Fox expertly intertwined these historical facts/processes within the storyline to create a plot that holds you glued to the pages to the very end. You will find yourself invested not only in Nick Herald as a fallible human being yet expert genealogist, trying to uncover the reason for the murders, but, you will become invested in the people of this community and their history and how that history comes forward to affect their contemporary lives and relationships. An Excellent book!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've read several of his books and found this one not as engaging as some of the others. Had a bit of trouble following the plot as it seemed to jump around a bit. While the story involves a native American tribe I couldn't find any historical evidence that such a tribe actually existed which somewhat took away from the story. I believe he could have written a more historically accurate tale about an existing people and not made it up. That said, had there been some kind of author's note describing what tribes his fictional group was fashioned after I would have been more appreciative.
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