By D.J. Donaldson
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-938231-35-3
ISBN (Ebook): 978-1-938231-33-9
CATEGORY: Fiction / Mystery & Suspense
EBOOK LIST PRICE: $4.99
“D.J. Donaldson is superb at spinning medical fact into gripping suspense. With his in-depth knowledge of science and medicine, he is one of very few authors who can write with convincing authority." -- Tess Gerritsen, NY Times best-selling author of the Rizzoli & Isles novels
Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.
When the beautiful Kit goes to meet an anonymous stranger—who’s been sending her roses—the man drops dead at her feet before she even could even get his name. Game on.
Andy Broussard soon learns that the man carried a lethal pathogen similar to the deadly Ebola virus. Soon, another body turns up with the same bug. Panic is imminent as the threat of pandemic is more real than ever before. The danger is even more acute, because the carrier is mobile, his identity is an absolute shocker, he knows he’s a walking weapon and… he’s on a quest to find Broussard. And Kit isn’t safe either. When she investigates her mystery suitor further, she runs afoul of a cold blooded killer, every bit as deadly as the man searching for Broussard.
Louisiana Fever is written in Donaldson’s unique style: A hard-hitting, punchy, action-packed prose that’s dripping with a folksy, decidedly southern, sense of irony. Add in Donaldson’s brilliant first hand knowledge of forensics and the sultry flavor of New Orleans, and the result is first class forensic procedural within an irresistibly delectable mystery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D.J. Donaldson is a retired professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. His entire academic career was spent at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, where he published dozens of papers on wound-healing and where he taught microscopic anatomy to thousands of medical and dental students.
He is also the author of seven published forensic mysteries and five medical thrillers. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two West Highland terriers. In the spring of most years he simply cannot stop buying new flowers and other plants for the couple’s prized backyard garden.
REVIEWS / ADVANCE PRAISE
"Delivers .... genuinely heart-stopping suspense.”
"Sleek, fast moving."
"Broussard tracks the virus… with a winning combination of common sense and epidemiologic legerdemain."
--New Orleans Times Picayune
"This series has carved a solid place for itself. Broussard makes a terrific counterpoint to the Dave Robicheaux ragin' Cajun school of mystery heroes."
"A dazzling tour de force... sheer pulse-pounding reading excitement."
---The Clarion Ledger
“A novel of… "terrifying force.... utterly fascinating... His best work yet."
--The Commercial Appeal
"The autopsies are detailed enough to make Patricia Cornwell fans move farther south for their forensic fixes. ...splendidly eccentric local denizens, authentic New Orleans and bayou backgrounds... a very suspenseful tale.”
--Los Angeles Times
"A fast moving, ... suspenseful story. Andy and Kit are quite likeable leads ...The other attraction is the solid medical background against which their story plays out.”
"If your skin doesn't crawl with the step-by-step description of the work of the (medical) examiner and his assistants, it certainly will when Donaldson reveals the carrier of the fever."
"Keep(s) the reader on the edge of his chair and likely to finish in one sitting."
“Exciting reading… well planned… fast paced.”
“Tight and well-paced… Andy (Broussard) is a hugely engaging character… (the) writing is frequently inspired.”
--The Armchair Detective