Dark of the Moon (Louis Kincaid Series #1)

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On a cold and rain swept December morning, a hunter finds a human skeleton in the woods of Black Pool, Mississippi. For twenty, perhaps thirty years, these bones have lain in a shallow grave of dirt and leaves - until time and weather conspired to unearth them. Twenty-four years ago, Louis Kincaid was born to a black mother and white father who drifted out of their lives shortly after his son's birth. On leave from his job in Michigan, Louis has just started a temporary position with the Black Pool sheriff's ...
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On a cold and rain swept December morning, a hunter finds a human skeleton in the woods of Black Pool, Mississippi. For twenty, perhaps thirty years, these bones have lain in a shallow grave of dirt and leaves - until time and weather conspired to unearth them. Twenty-four years ago, Louis Kincaid was born to a black mother and white father who drifted out of their lives shortly after his son's birth. On leave from his job in Michigan, Louis has just started a temporary position with the Black Pool sheriff's department when the skeleton is discovered. But as he pursues his investigation, he quickly rediscovers what it means to be a black man in a white's man town, and what it means to be a half-white cop when he seeks help from Black Pool's African American community. The hostility he feels from both sides only escalates when Abigail Lillihouse, the passionate daughter of Black Pool's most prominent white citizen, falls hard for him. Most of all, Louis will find that he's stumbled onto a case that will tear Black Pool apart and spill secrets too ugly to bear. For there are those who have been waiting for years to tell the story of a long-ago night of terror - and others who will go to any length to silence them.
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USA Today
In this dazzling debut, P.J. Parrish delivers a stylish blend of mystery, knife-edge tension, and a complex and intriguing hero readers care about.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ghosts of a small town's bigoted past are tangible presences in this tense but predictable crime drama set in racially divided rural Mississippi. Mulatto police investigator Louis Kincaid is newly relocated from Detroit to the sleepy burg of Black Pool when a local field yields a gruesome discovery: the remains of a young black man lynched 20 years ago. Louis attempts to establish the man's identity and the motive for his killing but meets stiff resistance from diplomatic good-old-boy sheriff Sam Dodie and shifty local politicos who consider the past "over, totally irrelevant, and certainly not worth digging up." The two crime-scene clues Louis has to work with--a moldering book of poetry and a medallion linked to the antebellum white aristocracy--are soon compounded by the suspicious deaths of several town elders, which suggest the desperate attempt of someone, possibly the mayor or the district attorney, to keep the town's dark and dirty history secret. Louis, who is cut from the same stylish cloth as John Ball's Virgil Tibbs, is an absorbing character, unable to detach emotionally from his investigation and unwilling to accommodate Black Pool's arrogant attitudes toward blacks. His supporting cast, which includes an abundance of oafish white-trash cops and sympathetic Southern belles who introduce hints of taboo interracial sex, are too familiar and give the novel too many points of correspondence with In the Heat of the Night and similar racial ly charged crime thrillers. Parrish's debut is promising, but Louis Kincaid deserves future adventures that are more challenging and original. (Apr.)
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An overwrought debut thriller set in the not-quite-ready-to-be-new South. It's 1983. To Black Pool, Mississippi, returns native Lewis Kincaid, drawn there by a dying mother. Not that he likes her much-she's a drunk, plus she deserted him-but Lewis is never one to shirk his duty. She's black, Lewis's equally no-account father was white, and Lewis can think of a dozen places he'd rather be than in a town where biracial means second class at best. There's Detroit, for instance, where he enjoyed the beginnings of a nice career in law. Now, however, to help pay the bills while he keeps his deathwatch, Lewis hires on as a deputy to Sheriff Dodie. It's a chance gig, which is to say it happens by telephone: Dodie, worn, weary, and a little dim, hires Lewis under the impression that he's white. Still, Dodie-that seeming redneck-has other sides to him. When the skeleton of a teenaged young black boy, victim of a 30-year-old lynching, is discovered, Dodie permits Lewis to investigate. It's permission granted reluctantly, of course. "Things like that are part of the past," Dodie says. Not to be dissuaded, Lewis starts to dig, an activity that rouses almost as little enthusiasm among the town's blacks as it does among its whites. Unwelcome, unpopular Lewis gets beaten, shot, and nearly lynched himself. But indomitable amalgam of super- and soaper-hero that he is, he takes on all comers, resists all temptation (an adorable white girl throws herself at him harder than a Nolan Ryan fastball), and leaves Black Pool a degree more enlightened than when he arrived. Clumsy prose, stereotyped people-and a first novelist who has to learn that in plotting the twist is better than the wrench. .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786017157
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Louis Kincaid Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    very suspenseful

    This book was very hard to put down, a real page turner. It has all that makes it a good book--mystery, murder, suspense, and intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    Give yourself a treat!

    Parrish is in a league with Michael Connelly, Vince Flynn, Greg Iles, and such great authors. Be sure to read her books in the order published. They are great and unputdownable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    I'm Hooked!

    This was the first book I read by PJ Parrish. I read it a week and a half ago and went directly to Barnes and Noble to get her other books. I only have 'Island of Bones' left to read *sigh*... I have enjoyed watching the character Louis Kincaid go through all his trials and the subsequent changes in his personality as a direct result of his experiences. He starts off in Dark of the Moon as a good cop working hard to do the right thing. Throughout the series the lines become blurred as to what IS the right thing to do. Parrish repeatedly puts Kincaid into positions where moral right and legal right are often at odds with each other leaving Kincaid in a quandry as to what he should do. Taking the moral ground is usually his choice which leaves his ability to return as an active policeman near impossible. I was afraid Parrish was going to put him back into the role of policeman but the way that she has transformed him into somewhat of a vigilante, it would not make sense for him to return to a more restrictive role as a lawman. Kincaid has learned to dole out his own justice and it is something that many of us would like to do from time to time. I found myself cheering for him breaking the law. I am only sorry that Parrish releases one book a year. Since Island of Bones came out this year I fear I will have to wait another year before reading about Kincaids latest antics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    Excellent First Mystery Series!

    I first picked this book up for an online book chat group, & now I am a true fan of the P.J. Parrish sisters. I love Louis who is a bicultural cop trying to get along on an all white police force in Black Pool, Mississippi. He returns to his painful roots, to aid his dying mother. He stumbles upon some old bones, & decides to reopen a long forgotten case. I found this mystery to be very realistic, I'm sure many of these mysteries have been buried away in the past. If you want to read a book, that will keep you wanting more then this is the mystery for you. ;) I just couldn't put the book down, until I finished it! That's a sure sign of a great writer. My respects to the Parrish sisters. You have a winner book here!Enjoy your reading. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2001

    This book makes reading exciting again!

    I'm not the best reader in the world. I love reading, but sometimes I get lazy, put a book down, and neglect to pick it up again. That was not possible with 'Dark of the Moon'. It kept me up late. I couldn't turn pages fast enough, yet I hated to see the end draw near. It is a wonderful work, an outstanding novel. I'm very excited to see a second book by P.J. Parrish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Totally Excellent

    I am now a P.J. Parrish fan. This book was outstanding. Now, I can't wait to read Dead of Winter.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2000

    NOT A WASTE OF TIME OR CASH!!!

    This book is a very good book. I would like to recommend this book to anyone whos not for all the other books that waste time or money.

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