The Neon Smile takes the reader back to 1965, a fateful year for J. J. Legendre. It is then that Legendre, a young and cynical homicide detective, tackles both the Pano case and a series of brutal murders committed by a killer as clever as he is cold-blooded. Each victim is found with a voodoo doll, the signature previously employed by a nineteenth-century murderer known as the Meddler. Legendre connects past and present to end the Meddler's new reign of terror.
But things are never what they seem in the Big Easy, and three decades later Manion must make a couple of connections his mentor missed -- between the Meddler killings and the Pano case, between the violent unrest of the sixties and today's more subtle racial politics.
The Chicago Tribune thought Blue Bayou possessed "the same kind of energy and imagination as prime Elmore Leonard and even vintage Richard Condon." This time that energy and imagination combine for a fast-paced thriller that spans three decades of fear, corruption, and violence.
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Exploitation TV has finally caught up with Tyrone Pano--the ``Panther Man'' of New Orleans civil rights who, 30 years ago, killed himself after being jailed for shooting Lillian Davis, his follower in the League for Black Advancement.| Read Full Review of Neon Smile