Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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A jazzman, a wharf worker, a prostitute, all murdered. Wrists punctured, their bodies impossibly drained of blood. What connects them? Why are they rising as ghosts?

Marie Levant, the great-great granddaughter of the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, knows better than anyone New Orleans's brutal past -- the legacy of slavery, poverty, racism, and sexism -- and as a doctor at Charity Hospital's ER, she treats its current victims.

When she sleeps, she dreams of blood. Rain, never ending. The river is rising and the yellow moon warns of an ancient evil -- an African vampire -- wazimamoto -- a spirit created by colonial oppression.

The struggle becomes personal, as the wazimamoto is intent on destroying her and all the Laveau descendants. Marie fights to protect her daughter, lover, and herself from the wazimamoto's seductive assault on both body and spirit.

Echoing with the heartache and triumph of the African-American experience, the soulful rhythms of jazz, and the horrors of racial oppression, Yellow Moon gives us an unforgettable heroine -- sexy, vulnerable, and mysterious -- in Marie Levant, while it powerfully evokes a city on the brink of catastrophe.

Yellow Moon is part two of the New Orleans trilogy that began with Voodoo Season -- magical realist fiction that takes the legend of the voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as imagined by Jewell Parker Rhodes in the bestselling Voodoo Dreams, into the present day.
 

About Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
 
Published August 19, 2008 by Atria Books. 306 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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To unearth the truth behind the horrifying deaths, Marie agrees to help Daniel Parks, a dedicated but open-minded homicide detective who doesn’t mind Levant’s unusual methods if they help him catch a killer.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Meanwhile, in her dreams, the waters around New Orleans are rising and the yellow moon warns of an ancient evil, an African vampire called wazimamoto, intent on destroying Marie and all the Laveau descendants.

Sep 21 2008 | Read Full Review of Yellow Moon: A Novel

American Chronicle

Marie and Detective Parks along with a cast of special characters track ten or more murders that share a weird bloodsucking phantom as the cause of death back to one restless spirit who really wants Marie.

Nov 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Yellow Moon: A Novel

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