Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.
It's a bizarre case for Andy and Kit. A man is found in Jackson Square, stabbed, one eyelid removed and four Scrabble tiles with the letters KOJE on his chest. Soon, there’s a second victim, also stabbed and missing one eyelid, but this time with only three letters on his chest, KOJ. The pattern is unmistakable, but does it mean there will be two more victims and then the killer will go away, or is he leading up to something bigger and deadlier? Broussard and Kit use their disciplines to profile the killer, but it soon becomes clear that the clues and objects they’ve found are part of a sick game that the killer is playing with Broussard; a game most likely engineered by one of the hundreds of attendees at the annual forensics meeting being held in New Orleans. Has Broussard finally met his match?
New Orleans Requiem is written in Donaldson's unique style: A hard-hitting, punchy, action-packed prose that’s dripping with a folksy, decidedly southern, sense of irony. Add in Donaldson's brilliant first-hand knowledge of forensics and the sultry flavor of New Orleans, and the result is first class forensic procedural within an irresistibly delectable mystery.
‘New Orleans Requiem’ is an interesting read but not exactly a page turner. The story follows investigators as they try to solve a series of murders in New Orleans. They’re not particularly gruesome and there isn’t a ton of action to put it in the thriller category and it didn’t take me long to whittle the suspect pool down to the point where they got it about half way through the book. Normally with character driven series’ there is something that makes the main characters standout, but I didn’t find Kit nor Andy to be that quirky or noteworthy. Overall it’s well written and thought out for those who like mysteries but didn’t add enough for me in the way of action or descriptions which made me feel as if I’m in the crescent city with them.
Mr. Troxell does a great job with the narration I really enjoyed it!
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Being from New Orleans I loved the focus on location.the suspense was well done. Cusps to the crescent city. Thanks
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who likes boring books. Dumb question.
Would you ever listen to anything by D. J. Donaldson again?
Probably not. Where were the New Orleans accents? Not one Cajun accent at all. Very disappointed.
Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Troxell’s performances?
Not sure. He read this one, in my opinion, like an instruction manual.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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