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DEAD ON THE DELTA

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In Dead on the Delta, a post-Katrina New Orleans infested with mutated, parasitic fairies provides the backdrop for a smart murder mystery. Well-fleshed-out characters and excellent visual description are highlights, but the best part is author Jay’s creative, and bloodthirsty, concept of fairies. Unfortunately, the cause of the fairies’ mutation is never fully explained, a major oversight, and the ending is rather muddled. But otherwise this is an absorbing read.

Just before Hurricane Katrina hit, something caused a mutation among fairies in the United States. Tiny and harmless for thousands of years, they’re now the size of large insects and have a taste for human blood. Unfortunately for us, their bites are poisonous and deadly, though some people have an inexplicable immunity, including evidence collector Annabelle Lee. When a little girl is found murdered, a possible serial killer is the likeliest suspect. But as Annabelle delves deeper into the mystery, she discovers there’s more to the story — including drug dens, invisible villains and maybe even the girl’s own family. (POCKET, Jun., 352 pp., $7.99)
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