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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Evocative and provocative." Big Easy by @ericwilderok #mystery



Big Easy

French Quarter Mystery

by Eric Wilder

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When someone begins killing New Orleans street people, it affects the City's tourist trade just beginning to recover from Hurricane Katrina. More than just simple acts of murder, voodoo is involved, the killer likely an actual Vodoun deity. Homicide detective Tony Nicosia seeks the help of gumshoe, and Big Easy insider Wyatt Thomas. Wyatt enlists Mama Mulate, Tulane English professor, and actual voodoo mambo. Together, they try to unravel the strangest mystery to hit the venerable City since the era of Marie Laveau.


An excerpt from

Big Easy


Prologue

Gaylon LeBlanc was a collector. Not stamps or coins, but shriveled objects, much like the one he carried in his pocket for luck. He fingered it as African drums, echoing from the cultural center further up in Louis Armstrong Memorial Park, drowned out the chaos of Bourbon Street. Intent on the arrival of someone he knew and his upcoming task, He paid no attention.

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What fans are saying

"Wilder's fiction is like an ice cold, Hurricane slush on a hot Louisiana day."
—Clarion Review


Eric Wilder writes in a concise, easy-to-read manner that gives the reader just enough details to make the story enjoyable. I liked the way he wove the story around real restaurants/bars in the French Quarter and nearby areas. He apparently is very familiar with New Orleans and its culture, and did quite a bit of research on voodoo. I liked everything about the book, including the cover depicting the tomb of Marie Laveau, the most famous voodoo queen. Having everything that could translate into a good movie, I could easily see this book being adapted to a film version.
—Patti Bray


Nice! Evocative and provocative, "Big Easy" also is an easy, while compelling, read. Wilder slipped in a lot of education about Voudoun, its followers and its rituals, simultaneously injecting elements of the supernatural so deftly that they are entirely acceptable. I shall now Google "yohimbe" and hope that I can locate a reliable supplier (after which I must identify a willing subject for my experiment).
—Susan "NC Nana"



Author Bio


Born near Black Bayou in Louisiana, Eric grew up listening to his grandmothers' tales of ghosts, voodoo, and political corruption. The author of seven novels, he now lives in Oklahoma, near Route 66, with wife Marilyn.

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