New Orleans criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn, lately drowning in personal doubts about her life and career, thinks that investigating the corpse she found in the garden of her new home will be the perfect distraction. Together with her boss, chief medical examiner Andy Broussard, she sets out to solve this case that seems plain unsolvable. Though they identify the body as a missing hooker, now dead 27 years, all hope of conviction still seems lost.
Like bananas, Sheriff Cas Larkin's troubles are ripening in bunches. A fully dressed woman is found drowned in the lake. He has a citizen no one can find, but hasn't been reported as missing and all of her known acquaintances are standing in the way of Cas's investigation. Then Judge Carpenter's fiancée lands in jail, accused of a bloody murder way down yonder in New Orleans! Now Cas must pick up the pace and connect the dots... before he goes bananas himself.
Gator is investigating a murder involving the most beautiful Masquerade Mask ever created, the wealthiest and most powerful family in New Orleans society, a 150-year-old voodoo curse, a million-dollar gold brochette. All mixed with ambition, jealousy, and greed, and set in the excitement, enchanting food, and magnificent music of the charming and mysterious French Quarter.
While trying to free a lawyer friend convicted of a crime he didn't commit, New Orleans private investigator Luke Jacobs is drawn into an international web of real estate fraud, pharmaceutical corporation misdealing and murder. Mardi Gras may have to be put on hold.
Beneath the glitter of Mardi Gras lies the sleaze of Bourbon Street; under the celestial sounds of JazzFest, the nightmare screams of a city once at war within its neighborhoods, but after Hurricane Katrina, seemingly at war with nature and the rest of the country as well. New Orleans is a third world country in itself, a Latin, African, European (and often amoral) culture trapped in a Puritan nation.
"Diverse as the City"
This Edgar Award-winning work offers a revealing glimpse into the hidden world of New Orleans high society and an intricately plotted murder mystery. The novel introduces rookie cop Skip Langdon, as she investigates a seamy Mardi Gras murder.