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Jack Prine is about as tough and gritty as Mike Hammer, especially when he has a lady to protect; corner him on a deserted back road at night and find out. A story that plays on black and white relationships over the generations, gay sexuality, the mean streets of New Orleans and the remote remnants of towns in the Mississippi Delta, South, America, is an honest, tough book and a riveting read. Rod Davis has given us a rugged and real character. I hope he keeps roaming the South in more episodes to come.
South, America may be set in the Deep South—New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta—but writer Rod Davis takes us into that classic hardboiled territory once claimed by James Cain: a man with a wandering eye drawn to a femme fatale who promises nothing but trouble, then delivers it.
This down-and-dirty yarn is a powerful evocation of pre-Katrina New Orleans and as absorbing a tale of love and evil to come out of this old town since Ace Atkins and Tony Dunbar hit the scene a few years back. A triumph of Southern noir, populated with characters who’ll stay with you long after the last page, including sometime PI Jack Prine, Elle, his brainy and brave new love, and an all too-real supporting cast of thugs, low-lifes, and Southern degenerates. In south, America, Rod Davis is the new mayor of the mean streets!
What Rod Davis tackles masterfully in this faux hard-boiled mystery is the capturing in a simple plot of murder, investigation, solution, and deserved punishment of the essential truths of what it is to be born, nurtured, schooled, and acclimated to existence in the American South. [Jack Prine's] struggle to understand the nature of where he truly lives provides this powerfully fascinating novel with energy, soul, and a hope that he'll return in another narrative to treat further what he calls 'the hard shadowed streets of the Vieux Carre, the American landfall for the fallen.'
Trouble with a woman is the kernel of many a good detective novel, and such is the case with South, America, by Texas writer Rod Davis. Davis manages to create a complex, spicy romance between the two lead characters, and to evoke the uniquely beautiful but sometimes deadly topographies of New Orleans, the Delta and the Deep South.
A thriller. Author Rod Davis had me right from the start of his new novel. He sets a lively pace, with [Jack] Prine a strong addition to the growing roster of fictional Dallas investigators.
Looking for a good book? This one keeps you hanging by a thread. The plot is not your usual who-done-it. I hope it's the first in a whole succession of Jack Prine adventures. A great read!
Engaging Southern noir. There are enough loose ands here to provide Prine, and his author, with a few leads into another mystery, or more. Laissez les mauvais temps rouler.
The backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans is perfect for [South, America]. Davis paints it in tones that show an abiding admiration for the place and its people, and a respect for its enigmatic beauty. A gritty slice of Southern noir.
Davis’s eclectic background and personal experiences inform the colorful southern characters in this engaging thriller. Davis is a born storyteller.
[South, America is] the first book of a new and welcome detective series. There is much here that brings to mind the Dave Robicheaux novels of James Lee Burke. A picaresque romp.