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Island of Bones (Louis Kincaid Book 5) by [Parrish, P.J.]
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Set in the late 1980s, the newest addition to Parrish's Louis Kincaid mystery series (Thicker Than Water) lures readers in from the outset when a young woman's bullet-ridden corpse is found tangled in mangrove roots on Florida's beautiful, tropical seacoast. Kincaid, a former cop turned private investigator, is hired by a woman who fears that her father, Frank Woods, a middle-aged, nondescript librarian with murky connections to several missing women dating back as far as 35 years, may be the killer. Although all signs point to Woods's guilt, his confession and apparent suicide never sit well with Kincaid. He reluctantly teams up with Mel Landeta, a gruff but ultimately likable local police officer who's losing his eyesight, and they return to the last place Woods visited-the Island of Bones. The tension builds to a near palpable level as the pair uncover secrets that are as dark and warped as the primal landscape Parrish vividly describes. World-weary, contemplative Landeta is the perfect foil for Kincaid, a true man of action. Their camaraderie and unspoken understanding, combined with Parrish's crisp dialogue and skill at stringing out the suspense, are what make this carefully constructed mystery so absorbing.
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Adult/High School–After a hurricane whips into Florida, Private Investigator Louis Kincaid finds a baby's skull on the debris-filled beach. Deeply disturbed by his discovery, he begins research into identifying the child. He is also hired by a local woman to watch her father, whose behavior has been peculiar, and the police force has already taken Kincaid on to help solve a murder. Eventually, the plots converge, and the ending has surprises right up to the last page. Although the fifth in the series, this novel stands on its own. Set in the islands west of Fort Myers, it brings the heat, humidity, and insect life of the sand-and-shell environment to life. Although it deals with events dating to the early days of the Spanish settlement of Florida, the story takes place in 1987. Kincaid continues his efforts at self-definition even as he buries himself in his work. A complex person–young, African American, bright, and good at his job–he is haunted by an event in his past. Mel Landeta, his police partner, is experienced, white, and losing his eyesight. He provides the expertise Kincaid needs to refine his investigating skills, and, after much bickering, they become a working team. Full of twists, turns, and mangrove swamps, the mystery offers readers all sorts of incentives to keep the pages turning.–Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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  • Print Length: 384 pages
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  • Publisher: Our Noir; 1 edition (Aug. 18 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV43UGC
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P.J. Parrish has once again written a great Louis Kincaid mystery/thriller. I've been hooked on Louis' story from the beginning and just continue to enjoy with each novel. He's such a fascinating, likable character, whom I enjoy reading about through each adventure. His relationship with Landetta, while at first was a bit tough going turned out to be something good for both of them. I certainly hope they come together again in future novels to solve cases. As for the story of the family on the island, after a while I kind of figured some things out, but not the "why". I never saw the "why" coming. It was so compelling and in many ways sad, but a very interesting plot twist.
For me, this isn't the best from P.J. Parrish, but it's definitely a great addition to the Louis Kincaid series. I look forward to more...hopefully soon.
Island of Bones is a winner.
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Louis Kincaid, former Detective now a PI, living on the southwest coast of Florida comes upon a skull of a child washed up on a beach after a storm. A few days later a corpse of a woman washes onto the beach. Kincaid feels there might be a connection. He is visited later by a woman who asks him to investigate her father. It seems she found hidden in her father's house two articles cut out concerning the recent death, as well as, the disappearance of a young woman many years ago. There may be a serial killer around and that killer just might be the woman's father.
Most impressive in this entertaining work is the very rapid pacing at least in the initial third of the book. As the investigation became more complex, the pacing slowed considerably but the characters became more vivid. The last third concerned the secret of the Island of Bones. This is where the problems began for me. Initially I thought we were into a serial killer novel but a really good one. It is as though the authors were deciding as they went along where the plot would take them in that there was such a drastic change in the tempo and the tone of the book. I really did not appreciate the secret of the island and found it more Nancy Drew than realistic. Well written though and an enjoyable enough way to spend a few hours.
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On the positive side, this book had me stopping and re-reading--because I wanted to learn. The writing was crisp. It made me wish I could write so straightforwardly, so simply. It cast clear images that repeatedly triggered a certain question in my mind: "How did Parrish make me visualize that?"
When I double-checked, it turned out to be an effortless line of dialogue or direct prose that did the job. Why do other writers, myself included, struggle so hard with multitudinous words to say much less? Dunno, but P.J. Parrish wouldn't use the word "multitudinous" without good reason. Good for her.
I didn't have to sit through static, "Anne Ricey" descriptions of settings. The environment loomed piecemeal, as it should, through the eyes of our in-motion character, Louis.
So why do I give this book a mere three stars (maybe 7 out of 10)? We'll start trivial and work our way up.
At first, I didn't realize ISLAND OF BONES was a book in a series. There were some "useless" characters, such as Pierre and the cat, Issy. They must have appeared before, and therefore their presence was warranted, I guess, in the sequels; so even before finishing this sentence I've already forgiven their inclusion. But I felt nothing for either.
For some reason--aesthetics--the brief personality clash between Louis and Pierre got in the way, even before I knew that Pierre would indeed play a forgettable role in the overall story. I felt the same about what's-her-name, Roberta. Both characters injected conflicts to trip over before the story truly began.
Then I stumbled over this sentence:
"Picking up a stick, he wedged it carefully in the eye socket.
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While there is plenty of mystery, page-turning suspense and all the thriller aspects---more than anything, P.J. Parrish's "Island of Bones" is a marvelously intriguing tale peopled with powerfully motivated characters.
A hurricane deposits a baby's scull at PI, Louis Kincaid's beach bungalow. Days later, a woman's body washes up nearby. Are these two related to the disappearances of seven young women from the area over a thirty-five year period?
Ft. Myers Police Chief Al Horton feels Louis can be useful on the high profile case by "baby-sitting" his Chief of Detectives (Mel Landeta), who appears to be a serious burnout case.
Louis's client fears her father (librarian Frank Woods) is somehow involved with the missing women. Newspaper clippings she finds in his possession and his flight appear to confirm her worries. Is he a serial killer, where are the bodies and where is Frank?
Adroitly plotted, richly textured, a strong sense of place and smartly written, "Island of Bones" seizes the reader and keeps you immersed.
The ending is a shocker as the past melds into the present. The journey is irresistible, compelling and rings true.
Louis is a resourceful, self-reliant, persuasive lead character. As he doggedly follows the trail and clues, he learns not everyone is what they appear to be and surprising allegiances are formed.
"This place is built on skeletons, young man. Millions of humans, millions of sea animals, dead and gone. Florida is just one long island of bones."
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