A Long Time Dead

Monroe Thompson, Author Crimeline $3.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-553-29067-7
Fresh out of special forces training in the Army, Matthew Langley (as in Langley, Va., we assume) arrives in New Orleans, signs up as a security guard and immediately is put on duty in a riverfront warehouse. On his first night at work a young boy appears, shoots at Langley, who then corners him; inexplicably, Aristile Granger, Langley's new boss, pk shows up with a gun and cold-bloodedly murders the boy. Everyone, including the police, wants to drop the case, but Langley won't; he proceeds to follow leads that apparently go nowhere. Granger's beautiful wife is the only person on his side--and provides Langley with an interlude of much-needed loving and fun--but after a while, even she seems to be part of a conspiracy centered on smuggling. Thompson, author of The Blue Room , convincingly evokes a dank, forbidding side of New Orleans, and his plotting is superb: the reader doesn't know where Langley's quest is heading until the end of the book. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/29/1991
Release date: 05/01/1991
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