“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery” – Francis Bacon
In author Ken Mask’s latest novel, ‘Mardi Gras Madness’, the recurring character of New Orleans’ attorney turned private investigator Luke Jacobs from his previous books such as ‘A New Orleans Detective Mystery’, ‘The French Quarter’ return to solve a new mystery in his favourite city. When Jake Matos is convicted of killing a police officer in the Louisiana state; New Orleans most favourite and feared private investigator Luke Jacobs must enter the scene to try and save his friend from a long and unjust prison term. But what Luke and his gang of detective crew stumbles upon on the way to solve the case is a deceitful tale of real estate fraud, misleading & malicious intent by a pharmaceutical corporation and also a cover up murder to boot. Luke soon realizes that the key to solving Jake’s case lie in uncovering the truth behind all the mysterious dealings.
Ken Mask takes you on a virtual tour of the famed New Orleans city; he lets you visualize the architecture and the colourful culture contributed by the mixed races of people without all of it becoming too much of a hindrance to the actual story telling. Ken reveals his first hand, personal knowledge of New Orleans, also revealing its history, character and the dark underbelly that is a constant of any great city. And you will just love the pacing of the story, it’s like a written down version of a slick Hollywood production handled by an enigmatic director and editor combo. The way Ken Mask handles the narration is brilliant, scenes cutting into one another with such furry and dialogues that are pacy and strictly to the point are some of the major highlights. There is even a poem recital in the middle of a love making scene; that just takes top marks for ingenuity! And for a book boasting of such a ‘cool’ hero, the author reveals that his hero isn’t just another fighting machine but also has the intellect and acumen of a top class detective. Ken Mask seems to have done a lot of research before writing this book because often it’s so easy to pen down certain things and take fictional liberties especially with a subject like science and create something out of thin air but here, Ken Mask’s ability to make you believe in the science behind the ‘shooting’ and the mischievous alcohol addiction plan all becomes tremendously credible in his wonderful writing.
Mardi Gras Madness is one of those rare books that offer a riveting story in addition to raising certain ethical questions such as what does one do when the supposed to be effective judiciary and law enforcement agencies become weak or can be bought off, then who does one turn to and can such alternate system bypass the prevailing stagnancy and emerge stronger and victorious? Mardi Gras Madness presents an exhilarating picture of playful words splashed across an exquisite canvas, one that will stay etched in the reader’s mind long after the final pages of the book have been turned. It’s always wonderful when you are able to finish a story feeling like you’ve come to know all the characters well. Luke, Sky, Melvin, Matt & Jan are characters whom you are not going to forget so easily, they are so good that you will end up hoping that Ken will stage another mystery for our favourite PI to solve just so that he can bring back the old gang together.
I recommend this book to anyone who is up for a quick read about a murder mystery that is filled with lots of plot turns and a surprising and dramatic conclusion. You are bound to enjoy this fast paced, page turning thriller. And when you’re finished with Mardi Gras Madness you’ll be waiting patiently for the next genre defining work from the genius that is Ken Mask. If you have never visited New Orleans before, then Mardi Gras Madness might just be the tipping point you needed to go ahead and book that plan ticket today.
- File Size: 251 KB
- Print Length: 77 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: eBookIt.com (December 15, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HCR17GU