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82 Desire (Skip Langdon #8) (Skip Langdon Mystery) (The Skip Langdon Series)

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  • Sales Rank:15,268
  • Format:Kindle eBook
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Kindle Edition
  • Pages:352
  • Publication Date:November 10, 2013
  • ASIN:B008V0JZSE


Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis
82 Desire is the EIGHTH book in the Edgar Award-winning Skip Langdon mystery series by Julie Smith.

"The wealth of crimes and misdemeanors—not to mention the…range of viewpoints—give the case a Dickensian richness familiar to fans of Smith’s ambitiously plotted series." -Kirkus Reviews

"Excellent entertainment ... 82 Desire is fresh and fast paced, gently funny and often touching. In it, Skip Langdon and her creator, Julie Smith, are at their peak” -New Orleans Times-Picayune

A WIFE’S WORST NIGHTMARE…

At the airport, the husband says, “I’ll get the car, dear. You wait with the bags.” And she waits till doomsday. Turns out the car’s still there. But hubby’s not.

It seems Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband, United Oil VP Russell Fortier. Across town, part-time detective/poet Talba Wallis has a simple wish--to find out what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. But the private investigator who hired her to spy on Fortier can't help her out. He's lying in his office with a bullet in his chest. Reporter Jane Storey is walking down the same mean, sultry street—she's on the brink of the biggest story of her life. But she's got a bad feeling she's being played like a deck of cards by a tipster with a malevolent agenda.

Now Orleans Police Detective Skip Langdon soon senses something big starting to unfold, something a lot bigger than a missing husband. Something rooted in corruption, resulting in violence—and motivated by that old demon . . . desire.

"Smith's strengths are her incredible and sometimes outrageous characters and her snappy dialogue. To read Wallis's poem on how her mother named her Urethra is worth the price of the book. Obviously, she had her name changed. Very funny stuff." -San Francisco Examiner

“Engaging characters and a genuinely baffling mystery ... [Smith] succeeds admirably. The novel is intricately constructed, and while Smith keeps nothing important unfairly hidden from her readers, she manages to spring some nice little surprises." -Booklist

For voracious mystery fans of writers like Nevada Barr, Sue Grafton, Laura Lippmann, Ace Atkins, Marcia Muller, Linda Barnes, and Randy Wayne White.
Amazon.com Review
New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon is a tall, slightly overweight but still tough and resourceful cop who readers have come to know and love ever since New Orleans Mourning won an Edgar as Best First Mystery. The first time she meets Talba Wallis, Langdon has this impression: "A young, pretty African-American woman with gorgeous hair, large of butt and bust, stuffed into black jeans and a white T-shirt." But Talba is a lot more than meets the eye; she's a gifted poet known as the Baroness de Pontalba and a computer expert who gets involved in a couple of cases on which Skip is working. In particular, the disappearance of Russell Fortier, an oil company executive and husband of a city councilwoman. Talba did some computer searching in Fortier's office for a suddenly deceased private eye, and she may have a scoop on the case. But reporter Jane Storey, back in print after an unhappy foray into television news, is also in the Fortier investigation. In fact, she's being fed facts about Fortier by a mysterious source.

In a city exploding with mystery series, Smith can still find something fresh to say, as in this comment about the cottage Talba shares with her mother: "They lived in the Ninth Ward between Desire and Piety, a metaphor she couldn't figure out how to use." Other Skip Langdon books available in paperback: The Axeman's Jazz, Crescent City Kill, House of Blues, Jazz Funeral, Kindness of Strangers, New Orleans Beat. --Dick Adler

Synopsis
82 Desire is the EIGHTH book in the Edgar Award-winning Skip Langdon mystery series by Julie Smith.

"The wealth of crimes and misdemeanors—not to mention the…range of viewpoints—give the case a Dickensian richness familiar to fans of Smith’s ambitiously plotted series." -Kirkus Reviews

"Excellent entertainment ... 82 Desire is fresh and fast paced, gently funny and often touching. In it, Skip Langdon and her creator, Julie Smith, are at their peak” -New Orleans Times-Picayune

A WIFE’S WORST NIGHTMARE…

At the airport, the husband says, “I’ll get the car, dear. You wait with the bags.” And she waits till doomsday. Turns out the car’s still there. But hubby’s not.

It seems Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband, United Oil VP Russell Fortier. Across town, part-time detective/poet Talba Wallis has a simple wish--to find out what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. But the private investigator who hired her to spy on Fortier can't help her out. He's lying in his office with a bullet in his chest. Reporter Jane Storey is walking down the same mean, sultry street—she's on the brink of the biggest story of her life. But she's got a bad feeling she's being played like a deck of cards by a tipster with a malevolent agenda.

Now Orleans Police Detective Skip Langdon soon senses something big starting to unfold, something a lot bigger than a missing husband. Something rooted in corruption, resulting in violence—and motivated by that old demon . . . desire.

"Smith's strengths are her incredible and sometimes outrageous characters and her snappy dialogue. To read Wallis's poem on how her mother named her Urethra is worth the price of the book. Obviously, she had her name changed. Very funny stuff." -San Francisco Examiner

“Engaging characters and a genuinely baffling mystery ... [Smith] succeeds admirably. The novel is intricately constructed, and while Smith keeps nothing important unfairly hidden from her readers, she manages to spring some nice little surprises." -Booklist

For voracious mystery fans of writers like Nevada Barr, Sue Grafton, Laura Lippmann, Ace Atkins, Marcia Muller, Linda Barnes, and Randy Wayne White.

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