Wade Broussard is the Louisiana state trooper you call when your case involves voodoo. He's a former carny magician raised by mambo priestess Stella Laveau, a man who renounced the magical forces inside him only when the lord of the dead, Baron Samedi, demanded he sacrifice an innocent to assure his followers of his power--and he's just the cop to investigate the ritual slaying of Bobbi Devereaux, the wild New Orleans socialite who opened her hotel room door one time too many. Wade knows the killer isn't any of the obvious suspects--Bobbi's industrialist father Wendell Devereaux, her vacuous quarterback boyfriend Lightning Joe Stallings, or any of a dozen drug mules or magicians. In fact, the killer isn't even human: It's Wade's nemesis Baron Samedi, who's assumed human form (but which human?) to establish dark sovereignty via a Haitian-connected drug ring. Since the police could never defeat the lord of death, Wade quits the force, grabs the fat paycheck Wyn Devereaux has been dangling in front of him, and goes up against Baron Samedi, who's just kidnapped his Yankee girlfriend, with a handpicked team of Devereaux recruits, some heavy artillery, and all Maman Stella's voodoo magic backing him up. A knockabout thriller from rolling-stone Davis (Appointment with the Squire, 1995, etc.) that combines voodoo, special forces, police work, and the steamy atmosphere of the Big Easy with the surrealistic pace of a Nintendo game.