The Mongoose Deception (CJ Floyd Series #6)

The Mongoose Deception (CJ Floyd Series #6)

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by Robert Greer
     
 

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When Cornelius McPherson, a former highway maintenance man, finds himself trapped in a tunnel he helped create decades earlier, he’s horrified to discover the well-preserved, frozen arm of a fellow worker. McPherson remembers a secret the man whispered to him—that he knew who assassinated John F. Kennedy. When McPherson also turns up dead, CJ Floyd

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When Cornelius McPherson, a former highway maintenance man, finds himself trapped in a tunnel he helped create decades earlier, he’s horrified to discover the well-preserved, frozen arm of a fellow worker. McPherson remembers a secret the man whispered to him—that he knew who assassinated John F. Kennedy. When McPherson also turns up dead, CJ Floyd steps in to sort out the details, in the process going on his own hunt for the presidential assassin. CJ’s journey is a retrospective trek that has him fielding CIA plots, mafia dons, and Cuban conspirators. But it’s not until he realizes that there were two attempts on Kennedy’s life prior to his actual assassination in 1963—one in Chicago and one in Tampa—that he’s able to hone in on who might have really killed the president. The investigation takes him from the pristine mountains of Colorado to the muggy swamps of Louisiana, and ultimately leads him to a grieving, long-silent, Louisiana backwoods Creole mother who may hold the key to what happened. Robert Greer brings his trademark complex but never confusing plot, colorful cast of characters, and stylistic brio to one of America’s enduring mysteries in this dazzling whodunit.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Greer gives the JFK killing a newish spin in a riveting story that will make conspiracy buffs and fans of African American mysteries pleased that they stayed the course.”
Library Journal

“[CJ] Floyd is up against the biggest mystery of his life, and perhaps the biggest of all time: Who really killed JFK? If anyone is up to tackling the granddaddy of all conspiracy theories, it's Floyd, a dogged investigator with years of experience uncovering the truth in pursuit of all manner of crooks, con men and killers.”
Westword
Publishers Weekly

Greer's latest C.J. Floyd novel, which ties the JFK assassination to a thriller plot, will appeal mainly to conspiracy buffs, though the author offers little original material or theory. The historic crime resurfaces in the present day when an earthquake damages the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel in Colorado, revealing (in a move reminiscent of the 1984 film Flashpoint) the corpse of Antoine Ducane, who had hinted that he knew the truth behind the murder and then disappeared in the 1970s. The discovery of Ducane's body sets off a chain of violent events, and soon Greer's series detective and antiques dealer C.J. Floyd (last seen in 2006's The Fourth Perspective) gets involved. Greer derails any suspense with flashbacks to mobsters Santo Trafficante and Carlos Marcello discussing the need to kill the president. Given the many plot holes (why did the mob let Ducane live for a decade after Dallas?), Greer might want to stick to giving C.J. less controversial mysteries to solve. (Oct.)

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Library Journal

African American investigator and bail bondsman C.J. Floyd (The Fourth Perspective) and his cohorts get caught up in a series of murders that may be linked to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. First, an earthquake in a tunnel in the Rocky Mountains uncovers the tattooed arm of a miner who has been missing for more than 30 years; then, the tunnel attendant who found the body part is blown away in an affluent area of Denver. When someone tries to kill Mario Santori, C.J.'s mentor and a former Mafia don with connections to the dead miner, C.J. gets involved. Greer gives the JFK killing a newish spin in a riveting story that will make conspiracy buffs and fans of African American mysteries pleased that they stayed the course.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Who really killed JFK?A murky prologue, set in 1963, finds 11 powerful men known as the High Cabal making an important decision at a secret meeting. The story moves back and forth from 1963 to the present, when Colorado tunnel inspector Cornelius McPherson finds a dismembered arm, identified by a distinctive tattoo as that of his former co-worker Antoine Ducane. Thirty-five years earlier, shortly after telling McPherson that he knew who killed JFK, Ducane disappeared. In '63, Antoine "Sugar Cane" Ducane, a petty criminal in Gary, Ind., fell in with a Chicago group of higher-end criminals with a grand plan for assassination. This took Ducane to Louisiana, a place he savored like a long-lost home. The plan took a weird turn when Ducane learned that Kennedy had been shot, and in Dallas. Back in present-day Colorado, larger-than-life bail bondsman CJ Floyd gets dragged into the case by old friend Mario Satoni, with whom CJ and ladylove Mavis are opening a new business specializing in Western collectibles and antiques. McPherson is gunned down in a bar parking lot just after an illuminating conversation with a Ducane acquaintance named Carl Watson. Floyd follows a long and twisty road to a solution. Greer is a confident and generous storyteller. His sixth CJ Floyd mystery (The Fourth Perspective, 2006, etc.) entertains more with its picturesque detours into the backstories of a large cast of characters than its layered theory of the Kennedy assassination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583941928
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
10/09/2007
Series:
CJ Floyd Series, #6
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.45(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Greer lives in Denver where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and professor of pathology and medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He edits the High Plains Literary Review and reviews books for KUVO, a Denver NPR affiliate. Learn more about Robert Greer at www.robertgreerbooks.com.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. Greer's great writing and realistic character portrayals got me so close to the participants in this drama that I worried what was going to happen to them. Suspenseful, intriguing. The book brought life in 1963 up close and personal. I can hardly wait for the next CJ Floyd mystery!
harstan More than 1 year ago
An earthquake opens up a hole behind the catwalk of the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel enabling Cornelius McPherson to find the well preserved arm of Antoine Ducane, who disappeared several decades ago. McPherson identifies the dead man from his unique tattoo just like he still remembers the deceased telling him that he knew who killed JFK. McPherson talks about this, which leads to a Mafia Don calling for a hit. The Don is the estranged nephew of former Don Mario Santoni, a friend of bail bondsmen and antiquities dealer CJ Floyd. Mario worries that the FBI will knock down his door because he had been irate with the organized crime efforts of the president¿s brother back in the 1960s, but was not involved in the assassination. When MacPherson is murdered, the FBI and a Denver detective investigate Mario¿s nephew plants evidence to prove his uncle caused the present murder to cover up the 1963 plot. CJ refuses to allow his friend to take the fall so he vows to protect Mario and uncover the truth of who tried to kill JFK in Chicago and Tampa before succeeding in Dallas unaware that his opposition consists of powerful elitists who rule in the shadows and want the truth to remain interred with any who try to reveal the truth buried too. --- THE MONGOOSE DECEPTION is a terrific conspiracy thriller that takes the audience back to 1963 with the premise that two failed attempts to kill JFK occurred before Dallas. The story line focuses on the abuse of power, past and present, as even Mafia Dons are at times puppets to these fiercely faceless forces pulling the strings of a nation even if breaking all the rules is their acceptable norm (this pre-Neocon philosophy is the end justifies the mean). There is plenty of action and CJ is a fascinating hero although his motive to be David confronting an unknown horde of Goliaths seems unlikely, Robert Greer makes it plausible with the best conspiracy tale since THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. --- Harriet Klausner