Boise Montague's life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up. Unfortunately, coming home doesn't bring him the peace he's looking for.
Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he's confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly.
Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper.
With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Roger Black.
The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine.
About the Author
Gene had short stories accepted for publication in digital and print magazines. “Homeowner’s Association Dues” was published by The Short Fiction Collective. Two short stories, “The West Indian Manner” and "Horror Set Death," were published by Beyond Imagination Digital Literary Magazine. “Nice Work Guy,” was printed by Prolific Press in Dual Coast Magazine. His screenplay, Lost in Paradise, was a finalist in the StoryPros Screenplay Awards Drama category in 2010. Another screenplay, 10 Past Midnight, co-written with Christian Webb, was a semi-finalist in the 2014 StoryPros International Awards Contest. He wrote The Kleptomaniac, a short film that he also produced and directed. Gene hails from the Virgin Islands, but now lives in lovely Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It’s hard to go back home, especially if you’ve been gone very long. it’s never the same. Boise thought he was going home to his island paradise. Lots of luck with that one. People change. Sometimes they die. That can really mess with your head. Boise found that out. Was he running away or was he running to? It didn’t really matter. All he wanted to do was find his friend. Then he wanted to find out the truth about his death. He and Dana, a reporter, teamed up to uncover the mess that was happening on the island. In the midst of their investigation, Boise seemed to be in over his head. This was another one of the books that kept me guessing just who dun it. I loved the location. I used to be in St Thomas every week with one of my prior jobs. Mr. Desrochers made me just a bit homesick for St Thomas and its people. I’m really looking forward to another book pairing up Boise and Dana. Submitted by sunny island breezes
Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite In contrast to the tropical and beautiful setting of the warm Caribbean island of St. Thomas, Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers stays true to its title. When Boise Montague's ideal life in Los Angeles falls into a shambles after the death of his wife, he decides to find some peace in St. Thomas, his childhood hometown. Boise wants to reconnect with an old childhood friend. Nevertheless, it isn't long until Boise discovers that his old friend has died because he was involved with the wrong sort of people. This newfound information pushes Boise into action. Readers will follow Boise Montague through danger and relentless turmoil as he uncovers the true nature of the island of St. Thomas. Usually, I'm never surprised at what point of view authors of this genre use to tell the story, but the fact that Desrochers uses Boise Montague to narrate the story had me awestruck. Montague was written in such an evocative way that I was immediately submerged in the narrative. There are also little details which go further to explain the state of mind Boise is in without outwardly declaring it. One of the ways Desrochers shows this in Boise's character is through his constant inclination to drink beer. "I sat for a whole minute, contemplating my next beer as rain pattered." This seems like an unimportant detail, but the little things truly add a lot to who a character is; it helps readers understand and empathize. Gene Desrochers is an outstanding storyteller. There is nothing as enticing as a well-paced and well-written mystery thriller, and Gene Desrochers' Dark Paradise: A Caribbean Noir Murder Mystery delivers both. Along with the absorbing backdrop of the Caribbean, there is a plethora of characters that will immerse readers in the story. Without giving away any spoilers, I implore anyone looking for a good thriller to see for themselves what Dark Paradise has to offer.