Though the modern bus has long since replaced the streetcar in New Orleans, Desire is still the meanest street of them all. Now Police Detective Skip Langdon finds herself on its shady side in what at first appears to be a small case with some big namesCouncilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband. Yet Skip soon senses something big starting to unfold. Something rooted in corruption, resulting in violenceand motivated by that old demon . . . desire.
Across town, Talba Wallis has a simple desire of her ownto find out what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. Wallis is a woman who leads three livespoet, computer expert, and part-time detective once hired to spy on Fortier. But the private investigator she worked for can't help her out. He's lying in his office with a bullet in his chest.
Reporter Jane Storey is also walking down that mean, sultry streetshe's on the brink of the biggest story of her life. But she's got a bad feeling she's being played like a deck of cards.
In fact, all three investigatorscop, private eye, and reportersense an unknown (and malevolent) presence pulling strings they cannot see.
Smith's steamy masterpiece is a tale of desire running out of control . . . of corporate greed, a lust for power, and a legacy of misery that only now must be set rightat a cost measured in blood and heartbreak and lives.
About the Author
Julie Smith is a former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the San Francisco Chronicle. 82 Desire is the eighth Skip Langdon book, the first of which, New Orleans Mourning, won the Edgar for best novel. Smith lives in the French Quarter with her husband.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8th Skip Langdon book. . (Hardly seems the same writer as the Rebecca Swartz series). Got lost in the abundance of dialog that didn¿t move the story forward. Ended up scanning rather than reading. Will try one more of her novels because a friend really loves them.
this is the best book. Anyone who likes a to sit down and read a good fantasy book this is for you!