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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Top Pubns Ltd (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929976089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929976089
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 313 g

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About the Author

Jimmy Fox's hometown is Alexandria, Louisiana, a dynamic city on the Red River in the center of the state. Louisiana's many distinct cultures have left their marks here; some have managed to thrive into modern times. As Fox was growing up in this interesting microcosm of the state at large, in this beautiful recreational wonderland, he was fortunate to have parents who emphasized ideas and their expression, creativity, and self-determination.

At Tulane University (B.A., English major, 1977) and at Louisiana State University (M.A., English, 1980), Fox discovered the real value of a good liberal-arts education: learning how to learn. Later, for more than a decade, he worked at the Alexandria NBC television affiliate, in various creative and managerial capacities. Here, he honed his writing skills under the pressure of constant deadlines.

He's been writing, in one way or another, all of his adult life. When he discovered the wonders of genealogy, he knew he was onto something that could be the stuff of great mystery fiction. Fox continues to study extensively in the field of family history, both in a personal quest to trace his roots and in an effort to enhance the authenticity of his mysteries.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Hardboiled detective work a little overdone Aug. 25 2013
By Eric T. Jorgensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Proving that genealogists can be hard-boiled detectives, "Deadly Pedigree" follows a discredited academic in a "milk them for as much as I can" genealogy business as he's hired to collect everything about an immigrant lineage for two reasons: one to let the truth come out, and one to remove all evidence at any cost. While the protagonist is sympathetic, his moments of guilt don't exactly stop him from acting immorally to get what he wants (so I couldn't always exactly root for him).

The locations are well described, if perhaps too much (an occasional full page of exposition between lines of dialogue), but often the dialogue seems to get the same treatment (who talks like that?). This and the "know it's wrong, but do it anyway" nature interrupted the flow for me, but it won't stop me from checking out the next two Nick Herald mysteries ("Lineages and Lies" and "Jackpot Blood", both being reissued in paperback and Kindle soon).

I received this Kindle edition during a free promotion period.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great read! Jan. 11 2013
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a very enjoyable read for me, especially being a Louisiana girl. I could readily envision the characters in their environments (New Orleans and the Natchitoches, Louisiana area). I guess that is because Nick seemed pretty realistic. I liked the dark nature of the book's plot and motivations that were balanced by lighter moments as well. It was pleasingly complicated and kept me guessing until the end. I'm also intrigued by genealogy and the book appealed to my interest in that topic. It was definitely worth taking the time to read. I will pick up other Nick Herald genealogical mysteries in the future.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Definitely worth reading Aug. 23 2013
By Donna M. Glover - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful blend of mystery, genealogy, with a little world history thrown in. It's a fun, quick book to read, but goes into the less traveled realm using genealogy as a background. I wasn't disappointed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Jimmy Fox scores! May 13 2013
By Susan Leatherman - Published on Amazon.com
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This story Is so meaty and so well-written. Fox uses excellent vocabulary and intelligent descriptive language. Loved it. Refreshing and sophisticated.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I regretted buying this book and 2nd book March 22 2014
By Grandma Geek - Published on Amazon.com
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Both of Jimmy Fox's 1st and 2nd books are very wordy, but not much plot. I had hoped the second book would be better than the first but it was not so I lost interest about a quarter of the way through. ( And I read everything, I am a nut about finding out the ending ). He has a good premise to start with, a New Orleans genealogist who is struggling to make ends meet but has excellent knowledge about old court houses, private collections of historical records, etc. His sleuth is a single guy who spends a lot of times in bars, and dives, and checking out attractive women, smoking and pot. I think of genealogists as smarter than that. He is computer illiterate but in the last half of the first book he gets an assistant who is a tech wiz, an interesting character underutilized in the 2nd book. I want to read more about the unusual things that happen, or even the EZ, stumble over, mysteries solved when hunting down genealogical records for his customers. This book would have been a really good short story. Books solving mysteries and murders with genealogy has a couple of other authors that weave better tales.


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