Max Mingus
Created by Nick Stone

This ain't no foolin' around. In his bloody, pulpy debut, the Silver Dagger award-winning Mr. Clarinet, 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.

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, Det. 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.


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to CarolT for keeping me (relatively) honest.

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