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Jambalaya Justice
Jambalaya Justice
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  • Paperback
  • Jul.07.2011
  • 9781610090209

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New Orleans prosecutor Ryan Murphy is back in the second of the Crescent City Mystery Series, Jambalaya Justice.  As Ryan tries to settle into life as a Strike Force prosecutor and navigate the sometimes murky waters of being a Girlfriend, a hooker is murdered in a crackhouse, sending Ryan on a quest for to find the killer.  Ryan has a secret connection to the hooker and will do whatever it takes to make sure the murder doesn’t end up as yet another unsolved New Orleans homicide.  When she’s not hounding the detective on the case or following up on clues behind his back, she has her own cases to deal with, including a five victim mob hit, a nasty domestic violence case, and the armed robbery of a strip club.  Ryan just wants justice for her victims.  By the time the weekend ends, she’ll be lucky to stay alive. Jambalaya Justice won first...
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New Orleans prosecutor Ryan Murphy is back in the second of the Crescent City Mystery Series, Jambalaya Justice.  As Ryan tries to settle into life as a Strike Force prosecutor and navigate the sometimes murky waters of being a Girlfriend, a hooker is murdered in a crackhouse, sending Ryan on a quest for to find the killer.  Ryan has a secret connection to the hooker and will do whatever it takes to make sure the murder doesn’t end up as yet another unsolved New Orleans homicide.  When she’s not hounding the detective on the case or following up on clues behind his back, she has her own cases to deal with, including a five victim mob hit, a nasty domestic violence case, and the armed robbery of a strip club.  Ryan just wants justice for her victims.  By the time the weekend ends, she’ll be lucky to stay alive.

Jambalaya Justice won first place for the 2011 PSWA Best Unpublished Novel and is the follow up to Gumbo Justice, first place winner of the 2011 PSWA Best Published Novel.

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AUGUST
SUNDAY, 4:00 A.M.

Dead eyes.

Ryan could think of no other way to describe them.  Except maybe dead eyes staring back, if something dead could stare.  Did eyes actually die? Or did they just stop working when the heart stopped beating and the brain synapses stopped telling them to see? She should have paid more attention in biology.  Or was it chemistry?

Assistant district attorney Ryan Murphy let the jumbled thoughts brew in her mind like the coffee and chicory that once percolated in the battered silver pot on the dead woman’s stove.

She fought the urge to close Cherry’s eyes.  Regardless of whether the cause was biological or chemical, the woman couldn’t see anything now.  She was smiling, though, or so it seemed, dying the way she lived, with a gold-capped grin spread across her ebony face.

Ryan remembered that smile and the way Cherry called everyone baby.  She also remembered Cherry’s help, which had saved Ryan’s ass on more than one occasion.

And now Cherry was dead, her pit-stained tank pushed up to reveal a bloody, makeshift tattoo.  If anything would salve Ryan’s conscience, it was that crude smiley face, cut just above Cherry’s right breast.  The bodies of two other prostitutes had recently been found bearing the same mark, making Cherry’s lifestyle the more likely reason for her untimely death than Ryan’s tenuous connection to her. 

Either way, Ryan doubted she would get much sleep tonight.

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Jambalaya Justice is the second in the Crescent City Mystery Series and the follow up to Gumbo Justice.

About Holli

I grew up with two semi-crazy parents and a typical annoying older sister.  My father thought it was funny to tell us things like his hernia scar was a scar from where my mother shot him. Having no real point of reference, we believed this and told our teachers, friends...

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Author's Publishing Notes

Published by Oak Tree Press, August, 2011.