Mardi Gras in the French Quarter is where madness rules. The perfect time for narcotics cop Burke Basile to avenge the acquittal of his partner's murderer by kidnapping the sleazy defense attorney's wife. The line between saint and sinners blurs in this seething tale of corruption and desire... read more
Burke Basile is a cop with nothing left to lose. Haunted by his partner's death, his marriage and his career over, he focuses on his nemesis, Pinkie Duvall, a flamboyant attorney who helps killers evade justice. Burke's shocking revenge centers around kidnapping Remy, the lawyer's trophy wife.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Burke Basile is a cop with nothing left to lose. Haunted by his partner's death, his marriage and his career over, he focuses on his nemesis, Pinkie Duvall, a flamboyant attorney who helps killers evade justice. Burke's shocking revenge centers around kidnapping Remy, the lawyer's trophy wife. But Burke hasn't planned on the electric attraction he'll feel for this desperate woman, who rose from the slums of New Orleans to marry a man she can never love. Nor can he predict the fierce duel that will explode as the clock ticks toward midnight on Fat Tuesday, when all masks will be stripped away--and Burke must confront his own terrifying secret.
“The escalating tourist trade was rapidly destroying the uniqueness of New Orleans, which was the attraction that caused tourist to flock to the city in the first place. It was a paradox that defied logic.”
“... once trained in Catholicism, one never forgets.”
“After their marriage, he had taught her all a woman really needed to know, and that was how to please a man. He selected her clothes, her shoes, her jewelry. He tailored her for himself, created her for his exclusive use.”
“Even in the finest homes in southern Louisiana, it was a challenge to stay ahead of the corrosive effects of living at sea level.”
“True, adultery was a popular, acceptable sin.”
“He was awkward, clumsy even. But ravenous men eat gracelessly.”
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