Search Results: "Julie Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

LOUISIANA BIGSHOT by Julie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"The irascible Eddie gets all the best lines and many of the smartest ideas, while Talba (Louisiana Hotshot, 2001) continues dredging up tidbits about her murdered father's second family and New Orleans simmers in racial disharmony."
Talba Wallis flaunts herself in garish turbans, African sarongs, and glittery makeup when she's reciting her own poetry on New Orleans stages as Baroness Pontalba, but garbs herself sedately in navy skirts and demure white blouses when she's working as Eddie Valentio's newly licensed op. Read full book review >

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82 DESIRE by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Only the figure of the murderer remains hazy even after the final curtain."
Because she wants to find and get revenge on the doctor who cruelly suggested her mother name her Urethra, computer-whiz/poet Talba Wallis (she's long since changed her name) consults seedy shamus Gene Allred. Read full book review >

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JAZZ FUNERAL by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"A deftly plotted tale, marred only by its offhand, too quick resolution."
Five books into her New Orleans series featuring female homicide cop Skip Langdon (The Axeman's Jazz, 1991, etc.), Smith narrowly misses the bull's-eye with this tale of southern kinships gone awry. Read full book review >

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LOUISIANA LAMENT by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"F. Scott Fitzgerald, as you might suspect, handled the plot better, and Talba, her wardrobe, and her poetry have all seen better days."
New Orleans poet/p.i. Talba Wallis (Louisiana Bigshot, 2002, etc.) gets mired in a Great Gatsby plot. Read full book review >

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THE AXEMAN'S JAZZ by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 1991

"Still, this is a more polished work than Mourning, and Cindy Lou a more interesting heroine than Skip."
New Orleans social-misfit Skip Langdon (New Orleans Mourning, 1990) postpones her vacation from homicide when the ``Axeman'' writes the police and taunts them about two murders he has committed. Read full book review >

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LOUISIANA HOTSHOT by Julie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Any series that makes room for the Baroness's momma Miz Clara, the endearingly grumpy Eddie, and his know-it-all lawyer daughter Angie can be excused for the slightly over-the-top performances (and wardrobe) of the Baroness."
Feisty computer whiz/rap poet Talba Wallis, stage name Baroness Pontalba, makes a parallel move from assisting seedy shamus Gene Allred (82 Desire, 1998) to working slave wages for low-tech New Orleans p.i. Read full book review >

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MEAN ROOMS by Julie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"A varied retrospective that demonstrates Smith's one-at-a-time mastery of the thousand details that go into her more impressive novels."
Smith, best known for her moody, ambitious novels about New Orleans cop Skip Langdon (82 Desire, 1998, etc.), reminds fans how far she's traveled in this collection of 16 stories stretching back to the agreeably foolish banter of "Grief Counselor" (1978), the lightweight regional comedy of "Crime Wave in Pinhole" (1980), and the tonic kill-the-boss fantasy of "Project Mushroom" (1983). Read full book review >

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CRESCENT CITY KILL by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Looks like every crook in New Orleans who isn't in with Jacomine will get a bye for at least one more installment."
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. Read full book review >

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MEAN WOMAN BLUES by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Busy, busy, busy, that's our Skip, who now seems (dare we say?) a tad drab when compared to her author's other series sleuth, the flamboyant Talba Wallis."
New Orleans Detective Skip Langton (Crescent City Kill, 1997, etc.), is targeted by a sniper, assigned to head up the task force looking into cemetery-statue theft, and still determined to catch her old nemesis, master criminal Earl Jacomine. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF BLUES by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

A misstep for admirable New Orleans Homicide Detective Skip Langdon (New Orleans Beat, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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NEW ORLEANS NOIR by Julie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"All this misery makes for a bleak read, and readers looking for a typical noir experience had better fortify themselves."
Smith, who edited Akashic's original New Orleans Noir (2007), goes back for a second trip to the Big Easy.Read full book review >

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NEW ORLEANS BEAT by Julie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"A poisonous bouquet from a still-rising star."
Just a week before he took a conveniently fatal tumble off a ladder, underachieving computer nerd Geoffrey Kavanagh had begun to flash on memories of the night 20 years earlier when his father, Leighton, was supposedly killed by a burglar who didn't take anything but a ring belonging to Geoffrey's mother, Marguerite—and the murder gun. Read full book review >