Burnt Black

A Cliff St. James Novel

Cliff St. James Novels (Volume 3)

Ed Kovacs

Minotaur Books

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Cliff St. James returns along with his partner Honey to investigate a baffling series of ritualistic deaths that may be connected to a bizarre secret society, in Ed Kovacs' Burnt Black.

 

New Orleans Homicide Detective Cliff St. James and his partner Honey are still trying to piece their lives together a year and a half after a killer storm decimated the city.  They find themselves probing a succession of unusual deaths that may or may not be homicides.

 

The investigation not only proves frustrating, but it strains at the very fabric of St. James and Honey’s relationship.   The puzzling deaths connected to a secretive occult group seem to only lead them deeper into an unsolvable maze fraught with strange occurrences and brutal death.

 

When their sleuthing uncovers a connection to a ruthless Mexican drug cartel, a complex murder conspiracy emerges, but with shifting suspects.  St. James and Honey catch nothing but bad breaks as they struggle to determine which of their suspects is the killer, or perhaps the next victim.

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CHAPTER ONE
 
 
Gravel crunched underfoot as Honey and I stepped out of her battered unmarked unit at the end of the drive and threaded through the dark green leaves of wisteria overhanging the walkway. It was only now that the old wooden house came into focus. I turned around, amazed that we stood mere feet from her vehicle, yet this home was almost completely camouflaged by bottomland greenery.
“Private but right off the road. I like that,” I said, turning my gaze to the one-story house that had seen better days.

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"Outstanding...powerful prose that evokes a city still struggling to recover its infrastructure and identity elevates this well beyond most other contemporary PI novels." —Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Kovacs maintains a fast pace, and his descriptions of a steamy, seamy, badly managed city that is failing to recover from Katrina are jolting and plausible." —Booklist

"With so many twists and turns, even the most devoted noir fan may wish they had a map. But it's well worth trying to find the way." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fast-paced, gritty . . . [Kovacs's] noir take on the thriller will hook readers."
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Ed Kovacs

ED KOVACS has worked for many years as a private security contractor deploying to challenging locations worldwide.  He is a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.  When not on a contract, he splits his time between his home in Southeast Asia and his aircraft hangar home at a Southern California airport.

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Burnt Black
A Cliff St. James Novel
Ed Kovacs

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2013
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ISBN: 9781250020307
ISBN10: 1250020301
288 pages
$12.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250020291
ISBN10: 1250020298
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$25.99
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