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Inspired looniness from veteran L.A. book/theater critic Lochte (Sleeping Dog, Laughing Dog), who now releases Big Easy p.i. Terry Manion from a rehab clinic to learn that his former mentor, J.J. Legendre, has committed suicide--a fact disputed by the former madam and current security agency head Nadia Wells, a Mammy Yokum tough friend of both Manion and J.J.'s. To avenge J.J., Manion runs afoul of the dreaded Bennedettos, Crawfish and Reevie; a contract killer ("Croaker"); an old schoolmate and semi-crooked cop, Eben Munn (and his luscious sister who plays decoy for--and footsie with--Manion); and assorted members of the tony Gaymaude family, including a coke-addled widow, an illegitimate son, and a besieged paterfamilias. Also lurking about are senators on the take and bribed cops galore. Many imaginative deaths later, and after innumerable car chases, zydeco refrains, indecipherable Cajun threats, and father-son double-crosses, Manion understands who died how, by whom, and why so many bodies featured a suicide note in the words of novelist Marcus Steiner. A darkly comedic New Orleans primer--with the food, music, and heat interrupted by bullets. Eccentric characters, rococo plot, and a fast, furious read.
P.I. Terry Manion is just out of rehab when he hears that his mentor in the gumshoe game, J.J. Legendre, has been been found with his brains blown out. Manion doesn't believe it's suicide, but finding the truth is a tricky business in the Big Easy, where those connected with J.J. are rapidly becoming an endangered species. With the help of his close friend, Nadia Wells--an ex-madam turned shamus--Manion's ready to kick some butt. But a Cajun killing machine named Croaker is challenging Manion to a showdown deep in the Southern swamps....
My dad gave me this book when he was cleaning out.
Really enjoyed this book! There were so many interesting and quirky characters I had a little trouble keeping track of who was who! It reminded me of those black and white detective movies where Humphrey Bogart talked fast and didn't take any crap from anyone!
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Left on the bookshelf when eating breakfast with my daughter.