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  • Posted May 1, 2012

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    The study of the duality of humanity makes this tale &ldquo

    The study of the duality of humanity makes this tale “doable.” Jung saw this as “The Shadow Side,” St. Paul saw it as “that which I don’t wish to do is what I end up doing” and it is the heart of what makes “monster stories” so scary. Everyone is as capable of unbelievable generosity and gracious behavior as we are of indescribable evil and destruction. Imagining that “dark part” of the Self being unleashed, free to do what it wants to do is enticing and frightening. This book uses that tension as the engine that moves this otherwise typical murder mystery into the possibility of becoming a modern classic. The book’s cover would lead one to expect it would contain a “new” look at a much worn horror theme. That expectation would have been supported had one read only the first pages and not proceeded to discover that Ms. Haines has taken the vast literature of classic horror as a platform upon which she built a mystery.
    Set in 1943 New Iberia, Louisiana, this “Who Done It” takes the reader deep into the swamps of Southern Louisiana. That area is mysterious by history and experience – dark, dangerous, full of strange sounds – where people, at least during the time setting of this novel, are born, live long lives and die never having been known to the world outside the Bayou. To those who live in that environment, an individual “going into the swamp and never heard from again” is not uncommon nor particularly something to spend time being concerned over. Legends created by the various cultures which make up the Cajun People live within these swamps and it is one such myth, the French “Loup Garou,” that causes this mystery to come alive.
    Raymond Thibodeaux returns from fighting in Europe injured and deeply scared, he signs on as a deputy with the parish sheriff’s department where his guilt over being a talented as a killer, need for isolation and desire for redemption can be assuaged. His determination in finding the killer of the Parish’s most powerful (and widely hated) man and clearing Adele, the innocent girl who was found over the body covered in blood acting like a wild animal. As the body count increases, Adele is becoming less “available” and seems to be guiltier with each discovery.
    There are a host of characters populating this novel, at times there are too many names citing too many flat and easily forgotten characters; the main characters are well defined and engaging. There are graphic descriptions of the murder victims that are bloody, the swamp so well described that I felt both the humidity and a bit claustrophobic and enough red herrings that I did not have the mystery solved until the final pages. The climax as almost too tidily done but does not detract from the book. There are situations contained in the telling of this tale that may not be suitable for younger readers.
    After reading this book, I have no desire to spend extended time in the swamps of Southern Louisiana. The snakes, gators, mosquitos and the possibility of meeting Monsieur Loup Garou are sufficient to keep me only as close as the written word to this area.

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