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Burnt Black: A Cliff St. James Novel (Cliff St. James Novels) by [Kovacs, Ed]
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From Publishers Weekly

Outré crime elements compensate only in part for the relatively weak plot of Kovacs's third novel featuring New Orleans PD homicide detective Cliff St. James (after 2012's Good Junk). Sixteen months after hurricane Katrina, while St. James and his police partner and close friend, Honey Baybee, are looking at a house for Honey's mother on a day off, they receive a radio report of shots fired next door. The two cops enter the house in question, which reminds St. James of the French Quarter's Voodoo Museum, with its clutter of fetishes, rattles, and drums. In one room they find the bodies of two naked Hispanic men on a sacrificial altar; the victims look as if they died of fright. The ante gets upped significantly when evidence emerges that the Skulls, a bloodthirsty, brutally ruthless Mexican drug cartel, may somehow be involved. Kovacs's depiction of post-Katrina New Orleans in this installment isn't as compelling as his work in the two previous books in the series. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Nov.)

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Cliff St. James is a homicide detective in New Orleans, land of voodoo, hoodoo, and Papa LaBas, and when he and his partner walk in on what looks like murder by supernatural forces, he knows not to get all rational. He’s seen some mighty strange stuff, so maybe logic is just one way of looking at things. Soon he’s a mark for the shamans, and when a devil-dog attacks out of nowhere and a death-dream nearly kills him and he’s stalked by a creature of the night, the question is, Did the devil do it? Fortunately, his partner, a knockout blond with a name that might startle Ian Fleming—Honey Baybee—stands foursquare on the ground and prods him into being the lead detective. Still, what was that presence in the room when murder happened? What lingers after the demons are downed is St. James’ obliquely funny personality. A fine, offbeat procedural. --Don Crinklaw

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  • File Size: 1248 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DA6XNGO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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