Ill Will Paperback – Apr 17 2012
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About the Author
J.M. Redmann has written seven novels, all featuring New Orleans private detective Michele Micky” Knight. Her third book, The Intersection of Law & Desire won a Lambda Literary Award. Lost Daughters, Deaths Of Jocasta, and Water Mark were also nominated for Lambda Literary Awards. She currently resides in New Orleans.
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"Ill Will" is a wonderful book, incredibly well written and strongly poignant. I refuse to give out any plot points but fans of JM Redmann know that the real world touches Micky in all kinds of ways, good and bad, and the plot and subplots in "Ill Will" do not shy away from real life issues, pains and fears.
A big part of the Micky Knight books is a fabulous family of secondary characters, and I was thrilled to see them again on the pages of "Ill Will". I do feel it's safe to say that one of my favorite secondary characters is back - Joanne Ranson. It was great to see her and Micky interacting as only they can (as Micky says "Hey, you want sympathy, you talk to Cordelia. You want a b*tch slap into reality, you talk to me."). JM Redmann is great with dialog, and can say more with one sentence than a lot of authors can say with a paragraph.
There's a lot of history with Micky and her family, with their relationships and their environments - and as in the real world, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and it's impact on New Orleans is alive and greatly felt on the pages of "Ill Will" and that adds to the gravity and believability of the book.
"Ill Will" is much more than a well-written mystery: it's about characters and place, it's about feelings and frustrations, it's about love and pain and it's about people ... people who you'll wish you knew, people who you wish you had as friends.
The major weakness in the story is one that reappears in every Micky Knight book, so it's really a habit of Redmann's. Micky always starts off with two cases that have nothing to do with each other and by the end of the book, they end up being the same case. In a city with a reduced population this might be more possible than in the past, but New Orleans is still a major city. To believe that unrelated events always come together as parts of the same whole is more than improbable.
Redmann's mysteries are never as much about who did it as they are about how Micky is going to prove it. Certain aspects of the puzzle become evident very quickly. The intrigue comes as Micky tries to fit the pieces together and bring the culprits to justice without getting herself or anyone else killed. For that experience alone, it's always interesting to read a Micky Knight mystery.
Micky gets thrown into a case involving a snake oil salesman selling vitamins and other potentially harmful "herbal remedies" to the desperate and downtrodden. While investigating this case she also finds herself mixed up in an insurance fraud case that might jeopardize her partner. There are many layers to the case and you find yourself swept along with Micky and all the other players in this book.
There is a real underlying theme of the health care system and its many flaws and the anxiety that sick people have to deal with when they either have no insurance or their insurance starts denying their care. The book ends on a semi-cliff hanger which is a bummer since now I have to wait for the next one to find out what happens!
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