Cliff and Honey are back for another adventure in a New Orleans still reeling from the storm that devastated the city. Their personal relationship is platonic but takes a dramatic shift as the story progresses. Ritual murders and black arts that make voodoo look like child’s play are prevalent in this chilling tale. Be prepared for an unexpected climax.
Det. Cliff St. James and his partner Honey are looking at a potential property when they are drawn to the neighbor’s home. Discovering shots have been fired inside, they enter the house and find two naked bodies on a sacrificial altar. There are human skeletons and other remains artfully displayed. The home’s owner, Professor Robert Drake, becomes their nemesis as he sticks his nose in their investigation. Prostitution, Mexican gangs and more bodies add suspects to the pool as the NO PD expands its search. (MINOTAUR, Nov., 288 pp., $25.99)