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by Jeff Abbott
Onyx, October 2001
404 pages
ISBN: 0451410106

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Jeff Abbott first introduced Port Leo, Texas Justice of the Peace Whit Mosley in the mystery anthology And The Dying Is Easy with a short story called Salt on the Rim. He is now making his debut in this murder mystery novel involving an influential Port Leo family.

When the story begins the body of porn star and director Pete Hubble (a.k.a. Pete Majors) is found in a boat inside the Port Leo Marina. What makes him so famous is that Pete is the black sheep son of Lucinda Hubble who is currently running for public office. Another thing that is disturbing to the townspeople is that there is a serial killer that calls himself Blade and is killing young women in Louisiana and Texas. His interest now is on Pete Hubbleís partner in the porn industry, Velvet Hollister (a.k.a. Velvet Mojo).

Whit Mosley is one of the most interesting and unique characters coming out in mystery fiction today. He is a young man who is taking over as Justice of the Peace in order to finish his predecessorís term. He is not sure what he wants to do next and he has no interest in campaigning for reelection. There are some people who would like to rule Peteís death a suicide but the judge thinks that it is murder. He is also troubled about the situations going out in the Hubble household and he is also having an affair with Lucindaís daughter-in-law. They are all keeping a dark secret and they intend to keep it that way. Mosley will try to uncover the truth with the assistance of Port Leo Police Deputy Claudia Salazar.

The author creates an interesting narrative inside the town of Port Leo, Texas. There are a lot of colorful characters in this novel including Buddy Beere who is running for Justice of the Peace; Jabez Jones, a televangelist who praises the word of Jesus through exercise and bodybuilding; and of course there is Gooch whom you have to see to believe.

The novel is extremely fast-paced and it maintains your interest throughout the read. There is already a second Whit Mosley novel out and might probably be a good read as well.

Reviewed by Angel L. Soto, October 2002

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