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House of Blues (edition 1996)

by Julie Smith

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Member:gpangel
Title:House of Blues
Authors:Julie Smith
Info:Ballantine # 0-8041-1342-4 (1996), Paperback
Collections:mystery, Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:mystery, new orleans, skip langdon series, kindle lending library

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House of Blues by Julie Smith

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I checked this one out of the kindle libary. It's the fifth in the Skip Langdon series.
This was another look into the lives of the upper classes in New Orleans.
A prominent citizen in gunned down in his own home. His daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law are all missing. As Skip investigates the murder and what looks like a kidnapping, terrible tragedies occur within the police department.
Skip also struggles with her personal life. She and Steve are still seeing each other, but the relationship is up in the air.
O'Rourke is still a major jerk, and Skip had to do things in the line of duty that will haunt her for the rest of her life.
This was a really dark time for Skip. The whole murder/kidnapping story was a little off somehow.
The conclusion of the mystery part was too similiar to another one of the Skip Langdon novels. The ending of the book was utterly depresssing. I didn't like this one as much as the other book in this series that I read. It was still interesting and by now the characters are familiar. Overall I would give this one a B-/C+ ( )
  gpangel | Dec 28, 2012 |
Skip Langdon is a different kind of detective (a six foot tall, tough but, attractive, intelligent cop) in a different environment (New Orleans, a one of a kind type of city). I was struck by the character of the city especially when compared to my only other exposure during the Katrina Hurricane crisis a couple of years ago. The expectation of larceny being part of any encounter with government and crooks being scattered among the righteous in the police departments also was an awakening for me. If you can handle or perhaps even enjoy shadowing a strong women with a well developed sense of what is right, this is a chance for your passions to be whetted. Julie Smith presents her characters as tough and invincible with a rough and tumble plot much like a Chamberlain detective story of old. If that is the type of character and story you enjoy, get your fix with one of the stories from the Skip Langdon Series. Julie Smith knows her way around a good police procedural exercise. The review to this point ignored the special food and drinks aspect of this deep south city, just an additional reason to peruse this book to garner a cultural understanding of this area. ( )
  JosephLYoung | Dec 11, 2012 |
It is a great way to learn about a place by reading what mystery writers have to tell about their own city. Will be reading more of Julie Smith books ( )
  bytheseabchcmbr | Sep 27, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804113424, Mass Market Paperback)

"ONE OF THE BEST OF THE SKIP LANGDON SERIES. . . In the fast-growing field of fictional female police officers, New Orleans Homicide Detective Skip Langdon stands tall."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
After prominent New Orleans restaurateur Arthur Hebert is murdered in his beautiful Garden District home, three family members suspiciously vanish: Hebert's daughter, who was soon to have taken over the management of his restaurant, his ex-addict son-in-law, and his small granddaughter--all missing without a trace. A kidnapping gone wrong? Homicide Detective Skip Langdon thinks it's possible, but why should the kidnappers have taken three hostages when one would have been enough?
Skip's hunt for a murderer and the missing Hebert heirs embraces worlds within worlds--the elegant, dangerous Garden District, the French Quarter, the seedy Treme, broken-down projects, exclusive mansions, and lowdown bars. It takes her into places where the city's dirty business is transacted, and those where life is mostly madness, sadness, and badness. It may even take Skip to her death. . . .
"SMITH BRINGS THE CITY STRIKINGLY ALIVE."
--The Boston Sunday Globe

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In New Orleans, a well-known restaurateur is killed and his family disappears. The case takes detective Skip Langdon on a tour of the seamy underside of the city's respectable society. By the author of New Orleans Beat.

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