Introducing New Orleans homicide detective Quentin Archer in the first of a brand-new mystery series.
When a prominent New Orleans judge is brutally murdered, former Detroit cop Quentin Archer is handed the case. His enquiries will lead him into a world of darkness and mysticism which underpins the carefree atmosphere of the Big Easy. Interrogating crooked police officers, a pickpocket, a bartender with underground contacts and a swamp dweller, Archer uncovers some troubling facts about the late judge's past. But it's only when he encounters a beautiful young voodoo practitioner that he starts to make headway in the investigation.
Voodoo queen Solange Cordray volunteers at the dementia centre where her mother lives. When she starts reading the mind of one of her patients, she learns that a secretive organization known as Krewe Charbonerrie may be behind the murder of the judge. And the second murder. And the third . . .
"Bruns' intriguing novel has a nice sense of the creeps!"
"Charismatic characters, superb locations and a great, hard-edged story...Bruns is a crafty pro, and every ounce of his skill and style is packed into Casting Bones. If you love the crime genre, this is not just highly recommended, but mandatory."
"Casting Bones finds author Bruns at the top of his game....utterly compelling, rich with atmosphere and characters you'll never forget. And I can't think of a better portrayal of the most exotic city in America: New Orleans."
"As hot and steamy as a Louisiana night, this series debut hits all the right notes with the evocative Big Easy setting, colorful and memorable characters, and a smartly twisty plot."