May 03, 2011

Dynamic duo tracks a killer in New Orleans

By Lisa Jackson
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It’s been 10 years since detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya first delighted readers with their New Orleans exploits, but Lisa Jackson’s dynamic duo show no signs of slowing down or getting stale in their latest venture, Devious.

Still, even the very best can use a little help from time to time, and in their latest investigation, assistance comes in the form of Valerie Houston, a tenacious young woman with a troubling past. When Valerie’s sister, Camille, turns up grotesquely murdered in St. Marguerite’s cathedral, Bentz and Montoya are assigned the grisly case. Aided by Val and her estranged husband, Slade, the four begin to uncover some shocking truths about St. Marguerite’s and the people who inhabit it. At the forefront is Father Frank O’Toole, rumored to be Camille’s lover, and a man Montoya knew in high school, along with St. Marguerite’s elusive Mother Superior. These two prime suspects may have hidden agendas that could be worth killing for in order to keep secret. As the truth behind Camille’s murder comes closer to surfacing, it becomes clear that the killer must be found before Valerie is caught in the crosshairs of vengeance.

Devious is filled with the heart-stopping action and breakneck twists that fans of Jackson have come to expect. Perhaps one of Jackson’s most sinister and provocative thrillers to date, this is a novel that will constantly keep you guessing. The ending to Devious is too good to spoil, but it is fair to say that it will leave readers restless for Jackson’s next novel, which can hardly come too soon.

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By Lisa Jackson
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