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The Little Death
Louis Kincaid Series, No 10

by P.J. Parrish


Private Investigator Louis Kincaid and his ex-cop buddy Mel Lendeta journey across Florida to help out Melís friend Reggie Kent. It seems that Reggieís live-in buddy, Mark Durand, has been murdered and beheaded and Reggie is the prime suspect. The glamorous community of Palm Beach is less than enthusiastic to see Louis and Mel and the local police show their resentment by ticketing Louis for driving an ugly car.

Reggie and Mark had been "walkers," male escorts for upper society women around Palm Beach. The wealthy class that makes up the local aristocracy is quite clannish and difficult for outsiders to penetrate and so Louis has to depend on Reggie, the suspect, to be his guide through a web of beautiful, but deadly people.

Louis encounters Samantha, a gorgeous and seductive woman who leads him straight to her bedroom and then abruptly sends him on his way. The harsh parting leaves Louis confused and distracted. Samantha reveals that she knew who Louis was and why he was there.

The local police appear to want to stifle Louisís investigation but Lt. Swann, one good cop, steps forward to offer a hand. As the detectives dig deeper into the case, they discover another mysterious death that is quite similar to the murder of Mark Durand and the bodies were found in close proximity to one another.

Louis uncovers signs of a lonely wives club but no solid evidence. There are plenty of clues like souvenirs pilfered by the walkers and rare flowers that appear at the homes of several prominent women but there is nothing that ties them all together. When a lady Senator falls into the mix, Louis begins to understand just how complex the situation is.

Socialite Margery LaRoche is an aging and somewhat eccentric ally of suspect Reggie Kent. Margery has been around Palm Beach society longer than any of the others and she knows a little bit about everybody and a lot about a few. Margery has a real soft spot for Reggie and is determined to do whatever she can to help him clear his name.

This is the tenth Louis Kincaid novel from P.J. Parrish and the seventh that I have reviewed. Like all the others, it is very well written with vivid characters and an easy to follow style that disguises a complicated plot. This series is far from going stale. It seems like each episode brings fresh ideas and reveals more about the intricate personality of Louis Kincaid. I hope that there are many more chapters in Louis Kincaidís life.

The Book

Pocket Books / Simon & Schuster
February 16, 2010
Mystery / Suspense
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The Reviewer

Dennis Collins
Reviewed 2010
NOTE: Reviewer Dennis Collins is the author of The Unreal McCoy and the second installment in this series, Turn Left at September. He's also's "Between the Pages" columnist, covering the mystery genre and related topics.
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