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Complex, multi-layered novel
on 19 July 2011
Diva by Susan Fleet is a deeply psychological novel of layers and contrasts that takes place in two different worlds both existing in New Orleans. Belinda Scully, flute virtuoso is at the top of her elegant world of classical music concerts, including performing to rave reviews in London's Royal Festival Hall. Chantelle is a homeless teenager with a jazz musician boyfriend caught up in a world of dope-dealing thugs. Belinda is being stalked by an increasingly dangerous psychopath. Chantelle is menaced by a powerful gang lord.
And the irresistible NOPD Detective Frank Renzi needs to cut through the webs of deception both women are tangled in in order to solve the mounting murders and prevent more death-- including his own and that of his new girlfriend. Fleet brings it all together in an absolutely riviting ending.
Well developed characters people every level of this non-stop complex plot set in post-Katrina New Orleans. (And did I mention the serial rapist?) Music lovers will especially appreciate how thoroughly Susan Fleet knows and develops all aspects of the music background.