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Water Mark (Micky Knight Mystery Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Redmann
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Book Description

It’s just one more body in one more destroyed house. In New Orleans, after Katrina, there are thousands of destroyed houses and hundreds of body yet to be found. Can one more matter? It does to Micky Knight as she takes on the search to find out who the woman was and why she might have died there. But is Micky searching for justice or just doing anything to avoid confronting the ways Katrina destroyed everything that had tied her to New Orleans?

Micky’s investigation leads to a tangle of greed and deceit that stretches back generations. Someone is using the destruction wrought by the flooding to finish what was started a hundred years ago. To stop them Micky will have to risk not just her life, but any chance to reconnect with Cordelia and rebuild the life she had before Katrina. But if she doesn’t stop them, a young teen whose only crime was wanting to help the destroyed city, will be the next body left in an abandoned house.

The sixth book in the Micky Knight mystery series.

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About the Author

.M. Redmann has written five novels, all featuring New Orleans private detective Michele “Micky” Knight. Her third book, The Intersection of Law & Desire won a Lambda Literary Award. Lost Daughters and Deaths Of Jocasta were also nominated for Lambda Literary Awards. She currently resides in New Orleans.

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  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW6G3W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No High Water Mark November 11, 2010
This is the sixth in J.M. Redmann's Micky Knight series. Once again, the author sets the mystery in New Orleans.

Knight has returned to New Orleans two months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city. She is fighting a serious depression brought on by the devastation Katrina wrought on the city and her soul. She had also found her partner of many years in the arms of another woman shortly before Katrina hit.

While she is trying to deal with her partner's betrayal, she must also deal with the destruction of the city she loved. The city hasn't begun to recover from Katrina - there are few traffic lights, the gas hasn't been turned back on in her office, electricity is practically non-existent, and the people who had fled New Orleans are slow to return. The destruction in the neighborhoods is overwhelming - houses are barely standing, the flooding has caused widespread mold and fungus growth even on the floors that weren't flooded, dead animals, and, in some cases, dead bodies remain inside their ruined homes. The question for Knight seems to be whether she and her city are going to make a comeback.

When Knight is hired by an elderly woman to retrieve a box full of mementos from the attic of the woman's destroyed house, she knows she has to go into a neighborhood where ghosts roam, if only in her imagination. When she arrives at the woman's house, a van full of teenagers drives up to a house two doors away. They head into the house, but come tumbling out almost immediately screaming and falling off the damaged porch. They say there's a dead body in the house. With Knight's help, the group is split up with most of the kids going in search of an area where there are working phones or at least working cell towers to call for an ambulance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated characters and story April 21, 2011
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Redmann writes about complicated characters and weaves a story that is exciting and suspenseful. The mystery part of the story clips along, while the underlying life of the characters moves slowly and is connected across the series. You get to know the cast of characters and in this final book, with their lives in disarray the two main characters need to find each other before it is too late. The suspense in her books is both in the mystery and is connected to the character flaws and miscommunications that occur among the Mickey, her partner and her friends. She has a fresh take on relationships that includes forgiveness and vulnerability. The final book includes less of the cast of characters which seems in keeping with New Orleans and the devastation there. Excellent series. I miss the characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay October 29, 2010
A new Micky Knight. That always makes me happy. Micky Knight novels were one of the first I discovered when I found out that lesbian novels existed after I came out oh so many, many years ago. she rocked my world back then. She wasn't PC, she wasn't always nice, she could swear with the best of them.

She is still, so many years later, all of that. But so many more layers have been added to her story.

Sometimes funny, sometimes very painful to read I always enjoy getting back to this universe.

This one is no exception. Micky in post-Katrina New Orleans tries to piece her life back together and it's not easy.

Like the last novel, there's two narratives. Micky's personal life, and the story of New Orleans and Katrina. My heart broke for both of them once more as the catastrophic state of the city was brought home in a really personal way here.

Redmann's writing is tight and to the point. Humor and seriousness are always close together, the characters she has drawn so well over the years come alive again and I felt myself flooded with feelings of sympathy in regard to their lives in post-Katrina New Orleans. I have missed her voice in the years between book 4 and 5 and hope there will be more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real story here is about the city February 13, 2011
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J.M. Redmann returns once again to post-Katrina New Orleans for her sixth Mickey Knight mystery. For fans of the series the real interest may be whether or not Mickey and Cordelia get back together after what happened in the previous book. They'll have to read this one to find out.

Just like the city, Mickey's life is a shambles and she is trying to cope with an atmosphere radically changed from what she is used to. She stumbles into a mystery when she's hired to go to someone's house to retrieve mementoes and has to help a church group that has come as volunteers to pull houses down and instead discovers a body. Mickey tries to solve a murder while dealing with misguided teenagers, religious conservatives and a wealthy family that is being blackmailed. What she really wants to figure out is how to talk to Cordelia and try to see if they can mend their relationship.

Redmann makes it clear in this book that there is still a lot to be said about what Katrina did to New Orleans and the people there. The mystery in this book isn't that mysterious, but serves rather as a vehicle to carry the rest of the story. The real focus is on the trauma that still reverberates from that storm. Redmann deals with the city and its people with great sympathy and the affection she feels for both pours from the pages. For sections that are written so well, the "story" actually gets in the way and comes off as rather contrived.

Still, Jean Redmann is an extremely accomplished writer and knows how to use words with an elegance that few achieve. She spins a mood better than most authors are capable of and it gives her books a very rich feeling. That experience makes the book worth reading even if the mystery is somewhat weak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series!
The Micky Knights series is fabulous! I purchased books 5 & 6 first a couple of years ago and left them on my bookshelf without reading them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Violet
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebuilding and death
Great book deal with life in New Orleans after Katrina. Devastated property and lives and the rebuild of each . Answers the question are Cordelia and Micky still a couple.
Published 4 months ago by Gerald W. Sessions
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab a tissue!
Oh dear! This is very likely the first mystery novel that got me crying a couple of times while reading it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hesch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always good to keep up with Micky Knight. Great story
Published 5 months ago by M. A. Bosworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again this was and excellent read.
Published 6 months ago by jocelyn sloggett
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have ever had to rebuild your life you can relate to this and...
Pulled at my heart. I am a Redmann and Micky Night fan. Redmann with her wondrous words feeds you all the angst of the people who survived and lost friends and family in Katrina... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M.M. Historian
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I've always wondered what the first-hand damages Katrina had caused, people's lives as well as structural. Read more
Published 13 months ago by asuncion billena
5.0 out of 5 stars REMANN IS AMAZING
Great reading as always. Makes me want to visit New Orleans every single time! Richness surely at its very best!
Published 14 months ago by T. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, intriguing, and an interesting new side to Micky!
This sixth book in the Micky Knight series is still awash with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. So, there is palpable gloom hanging over folks. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book, all the Mickey Knight books were awesome!!
Water Mark and all the Micky Knight books are great! Can't wait for the next! Read them you`'ll love them!!
Published 21 months ago by Cynthia Kirby
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