Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Murder in the Rue Chartres-Greg Herron

Murder in the Rue Chartres
Greg Herron
Alyson, Nov 2007, $14.95
ISBN: 9781555839666

Private Investigator Chanse MacLeod has finally gone home to his beloved New Orleans, but though he has seen the news clips as the mass destruction of Katrina, he is still stunned with what happened to the city. Not long after returning he learns that his last client Iris Verlaine before the Hurricane was murdered on the same night she had hired him.

Chanse feels obligated to accomplish Iris’ assignment to find her long time missing father. He also feels obsessed to find out who killed Iris. However, not only is the city different; his late client’s family oozes charm that makes the detective feel welcome and therefore wary.

Chanse is terrific as he sees the horror of Katrina in many ways while traveling the city. Little thinks like street signs and known landmarks are gone. The two mysteries are cleverly designed to bring out post Katrina New Orleans in a way few tales have been bale to do. To fully comprehend Chanse’s shock compare MURDER IN THE RUE CHARTRES to his previous Big Easy cases (see MURDER IN THE RUE DAUPHINE and MURDER IN THE RUE ST. ANN).

Harriet Klausner

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