P.I. on a Hot Tin Roof: A Talba Wallis Novel (Hardcover)

P.I. on a Hot Tin Roof: A Talba Wallis Novel By Julie Smith Cover Image
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When PI Talba Wallis gets a frantic phone call from Orleans Parish Prison, the last person she expects to hear from is her boss's lawyer daughter, Angie. Popped for drug possession, Angie insists the drugs were planted. She's a target for representing a neighborhood group protesting the illegal commercial use of a marina by its owner, Judge Buddy Champagne. According to Angie, the judge is dirty---and he's the one who had her set up.

Talba and her boss, Eddie, are outraged---knowing Angie as they do, they pull out all the stops for her. And when Talba goes undercover as a housekeeper for Judge Champagne, she finds a household straight out of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with the judge playing Big Daddy. The weak son and the hot daughter-in-law are in residence, being "between jobs." Big Mama's absent, though---she died some time ago, and the judge is now adding his fiancée to the mix. That would be Miss Kristin LaGarde, an impossibly lovely, and possibly innocent, young lady who seems hopelessly in love with the old coot.

Talba dredges up lots of interesting material; such as that someone was accidentally electrocuted at the marina and that the judge is in bed with certain bail bondsmen. She finds evidence of bribes and kickbacks. He's dirty all right.

When the story breaks and the scandal deepens, Judge Champagne winds up dead. And, to her surprise, Talba is asked to investigate. Did politics kill the judge? Or was it his own family?

About the Author

In addition to the Talba Wallis series, JULIE SMITH is also the author of the Skip Langdon mystery series and the Rebecca Schwartz series. Her first Skip Langdon book, "New Orleans Mourning," won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel.

A former reporter, she lives in New Orleans most of the time.

Praise For…

"If you haven't read Smith before, this is the time to start. If you're a fan, you're in for yet another treat."
---Marcia Muller, bestselling author of Dead Midnight

"Julie Smith writes like jazz should sound---cool, complex, and penetrating
right to the heart."
---Val McDermid, bestselling author of The Last Temptation

"Can't wait for the next Evanovich? Check out Louisiana Hotshot. It's Stephanie Plum with Tabasco, dawlin'."
---The Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi)

"[Talba] Wallis is fine fun to get to know...a consistently interesting and likable woman of depth and complexity."
---The Washington Post on Louisiana Bigshot

"Join Edgar winner Julie Smith for a climax as harrowing as it is cunning."
---The Clarion Ledger on Louisiana Bigshot

"Smith has perfect pitch. It's great to hear her again."
---Booklist on Louisiana Bigshot

"[A] stroke of genius. Louisiana Hotshot is fresh, fast, and touching. Just like New Orleans, [it] has a lot of 'tude, and a big heart."
---The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765312556
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: July 28th, 2005
Pages: 304