The Gone Dead Train

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The Gone Dead Train

Of late things haven’t gone well for Billy Able. The Memphis cop lost his partner recently and now he and his lady friend have split. In fact, right now Billy isn’t so sure he even wants to continue working in law enforcement.

That quickly changes, though, when two of the city’s iconic blues musicians end up dead. There’s something troubling about the deaths and Billy joins with Officer Frankie Malone to sort out the situation and get to the bottom of the mystery.

Along the way the reader is treated to an inside look at Santeria voodoo as the two detectives stir up some long buried secrets from the civil rights era.

While Malone plays it by the book, Able doesn’t hesitate to follow his instincts even if his actions may jeopardize his career. At this pont he’s not sure he really cares anyhow.

This atmospheric novel resonates with the sights and sounds of Memphis and will keep any reader who loves Southern gothic mysteries deeply engaged until the story’s shattering conclusion is reached. This is only the second installment of this new series but already Billy Able has collected quite a group of appreciative fans.

Book Blurb for The Gone Dead Train

Bestselling sensation Lisa Turner conjures a riveting Southern gothic mystery set in Memphis, with echoes of Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil and Lisa Gardener, in which detective Billy Able is thrown into a vortex of bizarre murders, Santeria voodoo, flawed heroes, a damning photograph, and a stunning betrayal by a civil rights icon.

After time away to recover from the aftermath of a horrible case that left his partner dead, Billy's back in Memphis, drawn into an ever-widening murder mystery that focuses on flawed heroes: a disgraced major league baseball player, two legendary blues musicians on the lam, a straight-arrow lady cop tortured by a guilty conscience, and two iconic civil rights warriors with secrets so dark they'll shock the nation.

Detective Billy Able is at a crossroads. His previous case left him questioning everything he believed about his abilities as a cop and as a friend. Even though he's considering leaving police work behind, he's unable to turn off the instincts he's honed after a decade on the force.

But when he stops a crime from being committed, he finds himself embroiled in a much bigger scandal. A murder that has just taken place has connections to a series of much older crimes dating back to the civil rights movement. As he investigates, Billy uncovers so many layers of secrets he can barely keep the truth from the lies. And he knows the straight-laced cop assigned to the case is hiding something big. But is it connected to the case? This time he's determined to make sure he finds out the truth before anything else can happen. But as the search for truth with the help of a Santeria Priest leads him deeper into the underbelly of Memphis, will Billy make it out alive?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2014 4.50