"The sun-drenched Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is technically part of France, subject to French law and loyal to the French Republic. But in 1980, the scars of colonialism are still fresh, and ethnic tensions and political unrest seethe just below the surface of everyday life. French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud relocated to this beautiful Caribbean island confident that she could make it her new home. But her day-to-day life is rife with frustration. Now she is assigned a murder case in which she is sure the chief suspect, an elderly ex-con named HEgEsippe Bray, is a political scapegoat. Her superiors are dismissive of her efforts to prove Bray innocent, and to add insult to injury, Bray himself won't even speak to her because she's a woman. But she won't give up, and Anne Marie's investigations lead her into a complex tangle of injustice, domestic terrorists, broken hearts, and maybe even voodoo."
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by Timothy Williams
by Susan C. Shea
by Cindy Woodsmall
by Yasmine Galenorn
by Anne Perry
by L.M. Montgomery
by Tennessee Williams
by Timothy B. Shutt
"Cassandra Campbell's narration masterfully plumbs layers of local culture in Williams's story of injustice on the French island of Guadeloupe. Soft-spoken yet determined Juge d'Instruction Anne Marie Laveaud, who is from Algeria, confronts matrimonial and judicial barriers in her investigation of a murder and an improbable suicide while juggling childcare and a wandering spouse. She also worries that she may have been cursed. Campbell's ability to voice the story's social hierarchy and undercurrents of hostility and fear makes for an irresistible performance. She also handles the variety of island accents well. Williams's depiction of a tangled judicial system and colonial power struggles is delivered with clarity and beguiling atmosphere. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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