Detective Quinten Archer is assigned a high profile murder
case as a prominent local judge in New Orleans is fished
from the muddy Mississippi. Archer's partner thinks the
case is sealed up tight with the first suspect in custody.
The NOPD is pushing to get the case wrapped up quickly --
heat from higher up. But Archer doesn't believe their
suspect killed the judge. He continues to work the case and
opens an eerie can of worms. One lead takes him to another,
and soon the list of possible suspects grows and involves
people in high places. But Archer can't seem to find any
ties between them.
Solange Cordray is a voodoo queen who is following in her
mother's footsteps. One of her clients is a man whose name
has come up in Archer's investigation. Solange seeks out
Detective Archer to warn him about this wealthy oil mogul.
Archer isn't sure how to take Solange, but the gris she
gives him proves to work and saves his life. When she
brings further information to him, he's more prone to
listen. Can Archer take all the puzzle pieces he's
collected and make a case with them?
Don Bruns is one of my favorite authors. I discovered him
when he wrote his Lesser and Moore private eye series.
CASTING BONES is the first book in his new series, entitled
A Quinten Archer Series, but it is a much more intense
thriller. Quinten Archer comes from Detroit to New Orleans
with baggage, and some of it follows him here. He's a hard-
nosed, not always by the book, cop but does stay on the
right side of the law. Archer finds that there is plenty of
corruption in New Orleans, just as there was in Detroit.
There's a real mix of characters in CASTING BONES, as you'd
expect in the Big Easy, and Archer isn't sure who he can
trust or who's on the take. There is a strange ghostly
presence that surrounds this case, and it's getting
stranger by the minute. Organized crime, corrupt
politicians and pick-pockets abound, but what do you expect
where Voodoo is queen and Mardi Gras is king? This is a New
Orleans thriller you do not want to miss!
Introducing New Orleans homicide detective Quentin
Archer in the first of a brand-new mystery series.
When a prominent New Orleans judge is brutally murdered,
former Detroit cop Quentin Archer is handed the case. His
enquiries will lead him into a world of darkness and
mysticism which underpins the carefree atmosphere of the
Big Easy. Interrogating crooked police officers, a
pickpocket, a bartender with underground contacts and a
swamp dweller, Archer uncovers some troubling facts about
the late judge’s past. But it’s only when he encounters a be
beautiful young voodoo practitioner that he starts to make he
headway in the investigation.
Voodoo queen Solange Cordray volunteers at the dementia
center where her mother lives. When she starts reading the
mind of one of her patients, she learns that a secretive
organization known as Krewe Charbonerrie may be behind the
murder of the judge. And the second murder. And the
third . . .