Burnt Black

burntblack_dsCliff 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.

(Minotaur Books – November, 2013)


“The vibrant description of occult doings mixes well with the movements of the earthbound characters, making this Cliff and Honey’s best outing to date.”
~Kirkus Reviews

“This series has a definite southern noir feel, and its rough around the edges locale will be catnip to some readers, like myself. The black magic element gives it a particularly gritty edge and the book has more twists and turns than the streets and back alleys of New Orleans itself, not to mention some pretty gruesome surprises, perfect for a cop that doesn’t always play by the rule book to get what he wants, and doesn’t hesitate to knock heads in the interest of justice.”
~Criminal Element


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