Mean Woman Blues

by Julie Smith

Forge, August, 2003.
Hardcover, 304 pages.
ISBN: 0765305526

Mean Woman Blues by Julie Smith New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon has been hoping that she's seen the last of psychotic killer and megalomaniac Errol Jacomine, but that hope is about to be dashed. Errol has gone for an extreme makeover in order to start his life over again. With a little help from his ex-wife and a lot of plastic surgery, Errol has now emerged as a charismatic talk show host whose show is quickly becoming a national hit. But Errol hasn't forgotten his old enemy, Skip Langdon and has some nasty plans for his old nemesis.

A former reporter, author Julie Smith once actually met the notorious Jim Jones, whose followers killed themselves by drinking the infamous "Guyana punch". Inspired by that magnetic personality -- who could induce followers to lay down their lives for him -- Errol Jacomine embodies the worst of Jones' characteristics plus some others, solely dreamed up by this imaginative and skilled author. Julie Smith uses the backdrop of a steamy, sexy and moody New Orleans to great effect here, as the characters confront Formosan termites and muggy heat while battling both their inner and outer demons. With a raw energy and smooth writing, this series is as vibrant as the Big Easy itself.

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This review was published in the November-December, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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