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House of Blues Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprinted edition edition (May 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804113424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804113427
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

Continuing her series featuring New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon, Smith's latest concerns a murdered restaurateur whose family has disappeared in the wake of his death.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

From the Edgar Award-winning author of New Orleans Beat (LJ 6/1/94) comes another installment in her mystery series featuring bayou homicide detective Skip Langdon. This time, a famed restaurateur has been knocked off, and Langdon must go hunting not only for the murderer but for some missing heirs.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read most of Julie Smith's Skip Langdon novels, and enjoyed some of them. Her later ones are starting to bother me. There are way too many subplots going on, at the middle of this book I had forgotten all about the main thread of the story until the author suddenly brought it up again. She also uses multiple points of view, which works in some books, usually long epic stories, but in a short mystery it is jarring and distracting. I see some reviewers of 82 Desire questioned whether she was also doing racial stereotyping or at least not portraying black characters realistically. To be honest, I wondered about that also, both in that book and House of Blues. I am white and have only had two brief visits to New Orleans, one in 1969 and one in 1995, so I don't have personal experience to draw on. However, it seems to me that if anyone is going to write about something they dont know, or that they themselves are not, they should at least run it by people who do know to make sure the story has some credibility. Based solely on my reading, I also felt many of her black characters appeared stereotyped and two-dimensional. She seems to be trying to draw an all-inclusive portrait of the city and its population, but it would be good to know that readers were getting an accurate picture.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved New Orleans Mourning, so I wanted to read more.
Sorry I did...not that I won't read another Skip Langdon
novel...I only gave this three stars for the main character,
because she's so real and so loveable.
But the editing of this book was a slap-dash job; I got very impatient with the inappropriate character responses: things slowed up when they should have been fast; and vice versa. I found myself doing something I hate to do with a book...skipping ahead just to get it over with.
I'll try Axeman's Jazz next, and if that doesn't work, I'll chalk
it up to someone who wrote one great novel and then, because it was popular, was forced to keep producing work that was a shadow of its original self.
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By A Customer on April 9 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
... always make for the best mysteries. None of the characters are dull, Skip, the Hebert family and the always irrepressible Jimmie Dee keep you turning the pages. While the ending may not be a surprise to some readers, you'll have fun getting there. As an added bonus, Julie Smith's passages about New Orleans make you want to hop on the next fight.
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