Don Donaldson brings us to the famous French Quarter with our favorite dynamic detective duo in this gripping thriller. New Orleans' chief medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his assistant, criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn, set off to investigate a series of violent serial murders. Examinations of the victims have led them to discover that each one's throat was ripped out with two tools: a garden fork and something unrecognizable. Something no man could have made, but a myth could have. Could it be that a werewolf has descended upon the city?
A successful blend of delightful characters and a dark, brooding plot that work wonderfully together.
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This is book #2 in Andy Broussard and Kit Franklyn Mysteries, but it can be read or listened to as a stand-alone. This story is interesting and charming, because in the 1990s, our characters must manage without mobile phones, clunky computers, printers probably dot matrix, police use (what seems like) white cloth gloves, and blood work take days to complete as do forensics tests.
The well-plotted story has Louisiana traditions and peculiarities, which I enjoy reading about. The author’s descriptions of the oppressive heat and humidity, dark rainy days, the less-populated countryside, and the danger posed by alligators adds reality to the New Orleans and bayou settings.
More, an interesting romance begins to blossom in this book, and a whiff of the fantastic and/or supernatural is revealed later in this book, which IMO is a good thing.
I loved the Audible version’s narrator—Brian Troxell—who is excellent with the various accents of Louisiana.