Created by Nick Stone
This ain't no foolin' around.
In his bloody, pulpy debut, the supernaturally-charged and Silver Dagger award-winning Mr. Clarinet (2007), ex-Miami cop, ex-P.I and ex-husband MAX MINGUS is fresh out of Attica, after a seven-year stint for the murder of three junkie child molesters. Job opportunities aren't exactly knocking, so he packs his bags and heads off to mid-nineties Haiti to look into the disappearance of the three-year-old son of a wealthy white Haitian family.
A very wealthy family, that is. They're offering Max fifteen million bucks for whoever brings little Charlie home.
Suffice it to say that much lovingly detailed mayhem is unleashed, as Max tangles with crooked cops, corrupt government officials, a powerful drug baron, assorted thugs and monsters of various stripes, not to mention the legend of Tonton Clarinette, a ghoul who allegedly steals children.
The acclaim which surrounded Mr. Clarinet resulted in a sequel, but Stone surprised readers by writing a prequel instead, 2008's King of Swords, relating Det. Sgt. Max Mingus and his black partner, Detective Joe Liston, hot on the trail of a killer in the early eighties -- a trail that leads into the Haitian community and a world of voodoo, fortune tellers, wild monkeys and plenty of what could by now be referred to as Stone's trademark violence. Nasty, nasty, nasty -- but oh, so good.
The author is the son of a British historian and a Haitian mother.
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