2008: #91 – Dark of the Moon (P.J. Parrish)

dark Book #91 was Dark of the Moon, the first book in the Louis Kincaid series by P.J. Parrish.  The back of the book reads:

In a sleepy, secret-ridden southern town, there are those who still believe its best to leave the past alone… Thirty years ago, a young black man vanished from rural Black Pool, Mississippi–and his violent death remained shrouded in mystery.  Now his skeletal remains have been discovered in a murky swamp, along with a length of rope entwined in its bones…a rope that is unmistakably a noose.

Abandoned by the white father he never knew, and estranged from his black mother, Louis Kincaid was glad to leave the hometown that had always treated him like an outcast.  But nothing could have prepared him for the ominous reaction of the locals when he returned and started investigating the decades-old lynching.  With a veil of suspicion and terror descending over the quiet streets of Black Pool, Kincaid must now uncover a trail of blood-chilling evil as he hunts a shadowy killer whose vengeance has only just begun…

I was sucked into this book almost immediately!  The story is somewhat slow paced, but the author(s) manage to give you enough to keep you intrigued. It’s set in 1983, which gives the racial situations an authenticity that I don’t think would be there if it was set in the late ’90s, when it was written. At the end of the book you’re left with a mystery that’s not quite completely solved, so it leaves you with something to think about.  Will what happens in Black Pool come back to haunt or help Louis at some point in the future?  I guess I’ll have to read more books to find out!

The only downside here has nothing to do with the book itself.  I’ve been reading a lot of books set in the deep south lately and I think I need a break from the Mississippi/Louisiana region for a while!

Page count: 410 | Approximate word count: 133,250

2007: Black Creek Crossing (John Saul)
2006: Year Zero (Jeff Long)

4 thoughts on “2008: #91 – Dark of the Moon (P.J. Parrish)

  • October 16, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    What’s drawn you to the deep south lately? It’s interesting that you’ve “been” there for a while.

    I like to vary the location of my books, too. I read a fair amount of non-fiction, so I shake it up between the genres as well.

    You left a comment on my blog with a question about *Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict*. Yes! It definitely is accessible/understandable to someone not familiar with the works of Jane Austen (although I think the fans of Jane Austen might “get” more of the subtleties that I missed). I couldn’t tell you the plots of ANY Austen novels (although I’ve read them years ago), but I really enjoyed the plot of this novel and the writing of Laurie Viera Rigler.

  • October 16, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I don’t know how I’ve managed to hover in that location! I guess it’s just how it worked out. Both Dark of the Moon and Third Degree (what I’m listening to now) were set in Mississippi. Before these, I read two in September set in New Orleans. When I look back, it doesn’t look like a whole lot. But it feels like a lot!

  • October 17, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I can’t even remember reading a “southern” book until last year and I have found that I love them!

    As for this book, Dark of the Moon, I was going to read it, but decided to read their newest series with Joette (Joe) Frye who actually was introduced in the Louis Kincaid series. I thought it was very good and plan to continue with it. Who knows, I may pick this one up, too! 🙂

    BTW – I blogged about my win! Thank you again. I’m excited.

  • October 26, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I’ve been in the southern part of the US lately as well. I just love that part of the country for character development and setting. I can understand when you get stuck in a rut of sorts. I like to read several books at once so I don’t feel that way. Happy Sunday



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