DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT has won both the Edgar Award and the Minnesota Book Award (twice) for his crime fiction. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Devil and the Divaby David Housewright, Renee Valois
When pop diva Sheila Lews dies under puzzling circumstances, Clarisse Dufresne is approached by agents of a shadowy international crime syndicate with a proposition--"What if, after a period of time, say five years--yeah, make it five years--it was discovered that Sheila had left behind some unmixed tracks, songs she had been working on before she died but didn't release? What do you think a find like that would be worth?"
Clarisse refuses to participate in the fraud and is rescued by a mysterious man named Maurice Crevier, who conceals both his face and his intentions behind a black, obsidian mask. But the savior soon becomes Clarisse's tormentor when she learns that she is not his guest as he professes, but his prisoner.
Despite it all--and against her better judgment--Clarisse feels a growing fascination and affection for her jailer, as well as his odd henchmen--a voodoo-practicing Haitian and a young chef who is haunted by the ghost of her mother. Until a second attempt is made on her life. And a third.
David and Renee have written a great story which is not easily classified. It has mystery, chases, gun battles, murder, sex...we're calling it a gothic suspense novel.
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I enjoyed reading this book because I live in the metro area where it takes place. It is full of local references. However the story line was very strange. A mystery yes, but far from any story line I have ever read before. I did share it with a friend but only because she also lived in the area when she was young and because it had such a bizzare plot, far outside of the box we are used to reading.