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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602826579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602826571
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #560,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa00ebfc0) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa012f030) out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Moving and Excellently Written Book April 1 2012
By turtlex - Published on Amazon.com
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Confession here ... I'm a huge fan of the Micky Knight books by JM Redmann ("Deaths Of Jocasta" is an absolute must read). In my opinion, Micky is one of the best defined and written characters, in lesbian fiction or otherwise. She's complex and flawed and feels real. I look forward to each and every installment in the Micky Knight series and I was not at all disappointed in this latest edition.

"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.
HASH(0xa012f27c) out of 5 stars Micky Knight and New Orleans are still recovering July 9 2012
By Sage320 - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the previous two books in the series, Ill Will has a more serious tone than the earlier books in the Micky Knight series. This can only be expected in stories that are so strongly rooted in New Orleans. The question is, is Redmann trying to describe what has happened to the city or exorcise demons from the experience of the aftermath of the hurricane? Probably it's some of both. New Orleans had lived by the slogan "Laissez les bons temps rouler" (Let the good times roll) and the city is still trying in these books to return to those good times. Redmann captures how difficult that is as she has Micky describe the destruction and barrenness that grip the area. The reader can feel the horror of the event whenever Micky describes the impact that being stranded in a hospital had on Cordelia. It doesn't take much to evoke the famous images of bodies lying in the streets and houses. This is a city occupied by ghosts, living and dead. The posttraumatic stress of the citizens is almost another character.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa012f240) out of 5 stars A new fan! April 24 2012
By ReadingGrrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first Micky Knight mystery that I've read and I just discovered that there are six more that came before this! I am pleased that I didn't feel like I was missing any information by jumping in so far along in the series. I really loved the characters and I am a sucker for just about any book set in New Orleans. I love the atmosphere, and the descriptions of post Katrina NOLA are devastating, riveting and real.

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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa012f738) out of 5 stars Micky Knight is Back! June 11 2014
By AvidReader - Published on Amazon.com
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The Micky Knight series is one of the best out there. The best thing about Micky is that she is HUMAN with real failings even though she always tries to do the right thing. I'm waiting for the next book!
HASH(0xa012f5d0) out of 5 stars Darker than usual Oct. 17 2013
By catmom - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Mickey Knight books and it is fascinating to watch the character grow in emotional maturity but I wish there could have been a few "happy endings" to most of the characters. It also ends in a cliff hanger, which I don't mind so much since I know I'll buy the next book, but I'm also dreading the next book because I don't want to know if one of my favorite characters will die.


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