If Stephanie Plum had a Texas cousin, Edgar-finalist Moore's Cézanne Martin, a Fort Worth cop turned lawyer, would be it. Adding extra pizzazz to the hilarious third installment (after 2004's The Wild Orchid Society) is Deuteronomy "Duty" Devilrow, Cézanne's African-American teenage ward, whose "words-from-the-hood" often threaten to steal the show. The action opens with a bang as Cézanne wakes up late one night to find a gun in her face-held by Darlene Driskoll, a soon-to-be-convicted crazed murderess and prison escapee. After eluding Driskoll in the course of a harrowing car ride, Cézanne seeks help from the FWPD's star detective, Wolfgang "Slash" Vaughn. News that Bob Martin, her long-lost dad, has died disrupts her life further when she discovers elderly Aunt Velda squatting in her inheritance, a Fort Worth house. Then Cézanne's brother, Henri Matisse Martin, suddenly appears, wanting his share of their dad's estate. Moore makes sure it's all a hoot and a half. (Dec.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Laurie Moore holds a Ph.D. in Expressive Psychology and has taught both graduate and undergraduate students. She teaches workshop retreats and writes the "Letters to Dr. Laurie Moore" column. She holds a private practice in Los Gatos, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and nationally by phone.
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In Fort Worth, Cezanne Martin left the police department to practice law. One morning, she wakes up to find Darlene Driskoll holding a gun to her face. Driskoll forces Martin into her car, but the attorney manages to escape. Knowing this is not over, Martin turns to FWPD star detective, Wolfgang ¿Slash¿ Vaughn for help from the crazed killer who escaped from her incarceration.
Soon after her traumatic experience, Martin learns her long missing dad Bob died and that her elderly Aunt Velda lives in poverty inside a mansion. Finally her brother, Henri Matisse Martin, arrives demanding his share of the estate. Between family to include her teenage ward Deuteronomy ¿Duty¿ Devilrow and a killer, Martin decides the latter is safer.
The third humorous Martin investigative thriller (see LADY GODIVA MURDER and THE WILD ORCHID SOCIETY) is a hoot from the hood as Duty provides enlightening commentary on the big show. The story line is fast-paced especially with deadly deranged Driskoll stalking. Between Duty¿s asides and in your face comments and Cezanne¿s struggles to survive her family, Slash, Duty and Driskoll, Fort Worth will never be the same.