Isabel Delgado knows all about horror. For nearly five years, her step-father subjects her to the kind of abuse and depravation that no child should ever have to endure. But Isabel survives. Her spirit is strong and she never gives up hope. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Isabel takes a stand. She wakes early, gathers her things in a school backpack, and with a last look behind, she runs. But Isabel's not prepared for what she finds.
In the third Danny Logan mystery novel, Seattle author M.D. Grayson brings Danny Logan and the entire team at Logan PI–"Toni" Blair, Kenny Hale, and "Doc" Kiahtel—back for their most exciting and most important adventure yet. Their mission—find Isabel and rescue her from the street gangs and the seething cauldron of teen-age prostitution and human trafficking.
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LOUISIANA BIGSHOT is the SECOND book in the Talba Wallis mystery series by EDGAR-WINNING AUTHOR Julie Smith
“Talba Wallis has to be one of the most distinctive female detectives in the business. Her personality and her poetry are riveting reasons to read this book.”
—The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
“Smith has launched Talba Wallis on a welcome series of her own. Wallis is fine fun to get to know… a consistently interesting and likable woman of depth and complexity.”
—The Washington Post
“Smith has perfect pitch. It’s great to hear her again.…Smith gives us a multilayered mystery and a quirky, believable heroine.”
“Smith’s new series is a whole other kettle of crayfish: wilder and funnier.”
Meet the hottest detective duo in New Orleans–she’s Queen Latifah. and he’s Danny DeVito. Or they would be if this were a movie–in print, they’re Talba Wallis and Eddie Valentino. Talba’s got the beauty, the brains, the computer savvy, the poetic soul,the youth, the right demographic, and the sass. Eddie’s got the detective agency. Also a short fuse and yes, wisdom. Not only do they make it work, they’ve got chemistry.
And they need every skill and ounce of courage they can summon in this intricate tale of a decades-old conspiracy only now coming home to roost, with the murder of Talba’s friend Babalu Maya. Babalu is actually Clayton Robineau, daughter of the local banker in a small Louisiana town that bears her name, a town buried under the weight of its own malevolent past.
Something terrible happened to Clayton as a child, but it was far from the usual “something terrible”. As Talba and Eddie investigate, they find it was an injury—both pscyhic and physical–so bizarre, so shameful and damning that almost anyone in town would kill to cover it up. Or so it seems to the New Orleans duo as they dodge bullets and what passes for the law in this malignant enclave, fetid with the rot of its corruption, yet determined to keep its sordid skeletons buried.
Never did Faulkner’s words ring so true as in Clayton, Louisiana: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
*Author’s note: It’s based on a real event.
“The quirky pleasure of watching the Baroness strut her stuff is worth the price of admission.”
“Louisiana Bigshot is a character-driven tale with plenty of action, suspense, and steamy southern atmosphere… It’s an exhilarating romp that will have you cheering for Talba.”
—The Mystery Review
“Join Edgar winner Julie Smith for a climax as harrowing as it is cunning.”
—The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS
From Publishers Weekly
In her second outing (after 2001’s well-received Louisiana Hotshot) from Edgar-winner Smith, Talba Wallis, whose day job as a newly licensed PI never interferes with her nighttime gig as the performance poet called the Baroness de Pontalba, finds herself entangled in the dirty laundry of white folks’ family secrets when she sets out to prove that her friend Babalu’s death was murder, not suicide and not a drug overdose. In the end, the snarl of old family skeletons, corrupt politicians and racial ugliness becomes too serpentine for its own good, and the solution to the murder is vaguely unsatisfying. Far more appealing are the strongly drawn characters. The interplay between the young black woman and her much older white boss, a man who admires her brain and her fearlessness but would never let on, is warm and respectful; Smith nicely plays it against the very real and very dangerous racial divide that Talba encounters when she investigates her friend’s smalltown past. The fiercely independent Talba still lives with her no-nonsense mama, Miz Clara, who makes the best fried chicken known to man and thinks Talba’s way of dressing for poetry readings makes her look like “some fool who’s been to one too many rummage sales.” But Talba, as her sweet schoolteacher boyfriend never fails to remind her, is every inch a baroness. She’s also a fine poet, and one of the delights of the book is that Smith lets us peek inside the mind and heart of a poet at work, revealing the process as well as the result.
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I need to give up drugs. I’ve started dreaming a lot or maybe
it’s a nightmare, I don’t know, because these are real stories,
and I’m dreaming all of them again, in living color, or blood,
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I’m in Central America, a few years back. A couple of shady
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sat there for one second, before he rushed back and took the
plane off autopilot. This began a lifelong relationship of drugs,
women, booze, and, I might add, excitement.
We had about 50 minutes of flying time back to our base.
I’m not allowed to tell where it is. Orbie and I just sat there
and never spoke the entire 50 minutes. Boy, I’ll tell you what—
falling out of the airplane or any near-death experience for
that matter—makes you think. Next time a couple of shady
guys offer me a lot of money for a job in Nicaragua, I might
The plane touched down and Orbie rolled it to our parking
space, which was really tight. The planes on each side of us
had moved over just to try and bother us. Orbie just pulled the
plane in anyway. Whenever we get back from a job, he always
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sleeping in tents next to the runway. On this trip we weren’t.
We were on the motorcycles and headed off to town for maybe
a massage and some herbal refreshment and a few beers. As
usual, we were broke, but we had paid our bill at the local cantina,
so we had credit. As we came to the outskirts of town, four
guys were sitting in a jeep—like they were just waiting for us.
They were all wearing army uniforms. Orbie and I looked at
each other, and we knew these guys were not in the army. They
were bandits. They saw us coming.
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by Steven Lee Gilbert
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Parents are charged with teaching their children right from wrong, but above all else is caring for their general welfare and when Italian immigrant Anna Miller loses her five-year old son, Oliver, in a custody dispute with his father she does the unthinkable and kidnaps him. They flee rural North Carolina for Italy and with her family’s help disappear into her native homeland. Months pass with no sign of the mother and son. The boy’s guileful and mean-spirited father, Evan Meade, turns to a private investigator when the ineffective efforts of the federal authorities working alongside the local sheriff, Monroe Rossi, fail to track them down. But even as the search draws them closer to Anna, Evan’s true nature betrays itself and the question to what’s in the child’s best interest becomes not so clear anymore.
At the center of the search for the missing boy is Sheriff Rossi, the embattled lawman, a divorced father himself whose black-and-white brand of upholding the law has lent much to his method of parenting. His frustration and obligation to both his community and his estranged family deepens the closer he comes to all of those involved, but at greater risk to his life’s work is the blurring of the line that occurs between law and justice. Stuck in the middle of this is Oliver, who battles his mother and others while trying to come to grips with this strange new world in which he has been thrust.
Objectively detailed, deftly and gracefully written in a voice that refuses to intrude on the minds of its characters, A Lovely, Indecent Departure is a literary thriller capturing in stark detail an intoxicating world turned upside down.
About the Author
Steven Lee Gilbert was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana but considers his childhood home the green, rolling foothills of East Tennessee and the southern Appalachia mountains, settlement to all sorts of interesting people, composites of which can be found throughout his writing. Most of his adulthood he’s spent in the Sandhills and Piedmont of central North Carolina, where he lives now with his wife and family.
Steven received his B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, after which he was commissioned and served four years as an officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army. While in school he had the pleasure of learning from Wilma Dykeman and in 2007 had the opportunity to work with Barry Hannah, both of which greatly influenced his writing. The next year, Steven was awarded a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant for Literature. He has also received recognition for his work as a writer from the Tennessee Writers Alliance.
You can read more about him at www.stevenleegilbert.com.
Comment from Steven:
Hi there! If you’re a reader or a writer or just someone who likes to talk I’d love to hear from you. Outside of writing I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, running, and would be a passionate fly fisherman if I lived closer to trout. Feel free to email me with comments and suggestions. Thanks for reading!
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