A Stella Cameron Classic. First time in eBook. The shocking death of her employer and patron Errol Petrie, the excesses suggested by the murder scene, and the investigation that is sure to follow are just some of the pieces of Celina Payne's nightmare. And the last man she trusts is now the only man she needs. Errol's business partner and friend Jack Charbonnet, is powerful, enigmatic, and not about to let Celina hide from the truth. Somebody in New Orleans' French Quarter killed Errol and Celina Payne tops the list of suspects. Jack's past is as mysterious as the sultry bayou. He is said to be too dangerous to know, and deadly if crossed. Jack holds the key to Celina's deliverance or her destruction... This version of FRENCH QUARTER contains bonus excerpts from Stella Cameron's upcoming paranormal, DARKNESS BOUND, an intense story of mystical danger and romance and her upcoming eBook re-release, KEY WEST, a steamy and suspenseful romance.
Mystery, more than romance, defines Cameron's (The Best Revenge) appealing if conventional first outing into hardback romantic suspense. Peopled by standard types�growling mob boss, simpering drag queen, pushy newspaper gossipmonger, unscrupulous evangelists, conscienceless politicos�in a cartoon New Orleans, the novel nonetheless succeeds in weaving a taut web of murder and sexual liaisons (the latter sometimes played out in dog-ear-worthy pages of steamy lust). Jack Charbonnet, part owner of a riverboat casino, is thrown together with a former Miss Louisiana, Celina Payne, when her boss, Errol Petrie, is murdered. Jack's wife died four years ago in murky circumstances; Celina is pregnant after a rape by a man whose identity she conceals. Their decision to marry, for respectability's sake, long precedes the predictable resolution of their mistrustful relationship and the more interesting exploration of the connections among Celina's parents, Errol's spiritual guides and Senate-hopeful Wilson Lamar. Cameron's exploration of family�from mob loyalty to parental betrayal�lends a certain thoughtfulness to the work. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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March 01, 1999
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