CRESCENT CITY KILL by Julie Smith

CRESCENT CITY KILL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The mutual hatred between Det. Skip Langdon and New Orleans Prince of Darkness Earl Jacomine that seethed throughout The Kindness of Strangers (1996) comes to a boil again in this saga of The Juror, a high-toned vigilante who executes criminals the law can't touch and writes principled self-defenses to the police. It's bad enough when The Juror takes down recently acquitted wife-killer Billy Ray Hutchison, but when he goes after the murderer of promising new police superintendent Albert Goodlett (a vengeance just about everybody in town privately applauds), he's clearly on a collision course with Skip. That's fine with Skip, who's convinced The Juror is Jacomine--and fine with Jacomine, who has no higher goal in life than to get revenge on this despised female cop. Caught in the middle are Jacomine's fearful wife Tourmaline; his first wife Rosemarie Owens (recently single again courtesy of The Juror); Rosemarie's crazy son Daniel; Tourmaline's scarcely less crazy son Isaac (a.k.a. The White Monk); Daniel's daughter Lovelace (who first makes her appearance getting kidnapped by her father, before things really get strange); and Dorise Bourgeois, widowed by a shot Skip fired in self-defense. Talented Smith's canvas is extravagantly broad, but this time, at least, bigger isn't better; the epic confrontation between Skip and Jacomine feels suspiciously like Pearl White and the Scarlet Claw. Late-breaking news flash: Jacomine escapes from the apocalyptic conflagration that brings down the rest of the house. Looks like every crook in New Orleans who isn't in with Jacomine will get a bye for at least one more installment.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-449-91000-8
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Ballantine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1997




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