Louisiana Bigshot by Julie Smith
(Talba Wallis Mystery #2) (The Talba Wallis Series)

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A Talba Wallis Novel

By night the glamorous Baroness de Pontalba, by day New Orleans’ hippest P.I., Talba Wallis is dumbfounded when she can’t do a simple background check on an old friend—Babalu Maya just doesn’t seem to exist on paper. Four days later, she doesn’t exist at all.

As Talba threads her way backward through Babalu’s short, difficult life, she finds an intricate pattern of violence and fear, and a shadowy Mr. Big with homicidal intent. Talba butts right into everybody’s business in Clayton, Louisiana, a small town with a big, ugly secret, where being black, mouthy, and smart are the three qualities most likely to get her killed. As she uncovers dark truths, events and people spiral into nasty motion in a story that has more twists and turns than the Mississippi River.
 

About Julie Smith

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Julie Smith currently lives and writes in the Faubourg Marigny district of New Orleans, a neighborhood of nightclubs, restaurants and coffee shops where shady characters mix with artists. The author of nineteen novels, she was born and raised in Savannah before escaping to the University of Mississippi. After graduation, Smith became a reporter, first for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and later the San Francisco Chronicle. She lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years before returning to New Orleans. Smith abandoned reporting for writing mysteries in the early 1980s, writing a series featuring attorney Rebecca Schwartz and a second series starring Paul McDonald, a reporter turned mystery writer whose fate you wouldn't wish on a dog. A few years later, she launched a third series featuring New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon with New Orleans Mourning, which won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel in 1991. She currently alternates between writing about Skip Langdon and Talba Wallis, an African-American poet/private eye who debuted in "Louisiana Hotshot."
 
Published January 16, 2014 by booksBnimble Mysteries Thrillers and Suspense. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Talba Wallis flaunts herself in garish turbans, African sarongs, and glittery makeup when she's reciting her own poetry on New Orleans stages as Baroness Pontalba, but garbs herself sedately in navy skirts and demure white blouses when she's working as Eddie Valentio's newly licensed op.

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In her second outing (after 2001's well-received Louisiana Hotshot) from Edgar-winner Smith, Talba Wallis, whose day job as a newly licensed PI never interfer

Jul 08 2002 | Read Full Review of Louisiana Bigshot (Talba Wall...

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In her second outing (after 2001's well-received Louisiana Hotshot) from Edgar-winner Smith, Talba Wallis, whose day job as a newly licensed PI never interfer

Jul 08 2002 | Read Full Review of Louisiana Bigshot (Talba Wall...

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