Severn House, 2016
Agent: Jill Marr
When a prominent New Orleans judge is brutally murdered, former Detroit cop Quentin Archer is handed the case. His enquiries will lead him into a world of darkness and mysticism which underpins the carefree atmosphere of the Big Easy. Interrogating crooked police officers, a pickpocket, a bartender with underground contacts and a swamp dweller, Archer uncovers some troubling facts about the late judge's past. But it's only when he encounters a beautiful young voodoo practitioner that he starts to make headway in the investigation.
Voodoo queen Solange Cordray volunteers at the dementia centre where her mother lives. When she starts reading the mind of one of her patients, she learns that a secretive organization known as Krewe Charbonerrie may be behind the murder of the judge. And the second murder. And the third . . .
"This thriller immediately casts a spell on you and doesn't let you go until the very last page! Utterly compelling, rich with atmosphere and characters you'll never forget, Casting Bones finds author Bruns at the top of his game. And I can't think of a better portrayal of the most exotic city in America: New Orleans."
—Jeffrey Deaver, international bestselling author
"Bruns is a crafty old pro, and every ounce of his skill and style is packed into Casting Bones - charismatic characters, superb locations, and a great hard-edged story. If you love the crime genre, this is not just highly recommended but mandatory."
—Lee Child, international bestselling author
"Every now and then a writer comes up with a series character you care so much about that you race to the end of the story, and then damn yourself for reading it so fast. The only cure is for the author to tell the next story. Don Bruns with his Casting Bones, a mystical almost magical police procedural set in steamy New Orleans, has done just that. Former Detroit cop Quentin Archer and the beautiful Vodoo practitioner Solange Cordray are pitted against the New Orleans establishment old money when three juvenile judges are murdered in the space of a few days. At stake here is more than just money; its lives--Quentin's and Solange's. Come on, Don, I want the next one!"
—David Hagberg, author of the Kirk McGarvey series