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Bad Moon Rising Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2003
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A great locale, done well, New Orleans gives an eerie backdrop without too much of the "party-on-down, Cher". She has a gritty story (maybe a wee bit too gritty for romance) and unfortunately not enough romance to balance it. Everything felt forced, abrupt, not with her usual finesse. Some of the characters were a little trite, overdone. But where the book hurts mosts is the play between the leads. It's just a little too contrived, like forcing that square peg into a round hole. Something are never fully explained...
So this one leaves you with mixed feelings. Just a shame a few of these nagging problems could not have been ironed out for it is still a powerful read despite them.
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prostitution, drugs and a mentally deranged killer. It is a very well written book but make no mistake, it is a dark book. Hope shines in the end but not before. This is my second Katherine Sutcliffe book. I had read Darkling, I Listen prior to Bad Moon Rising and consider Darkling a better book although it was a dark book as well. Both of these novels tend to have a certain amount of grotesqueness and extreme evil. I found the graphic description of killings in Bad Moon Rising too much for comfort but it is still within the framework of a tender story.
J.D. Damascus at one time was an infamous Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans with a great reputation as a prosecutor and roots of a powerful political family. His father had been governor of Louisiana and his family is still immersed in politics. J.D., however, is no longer an active part of that family. He no longer is the powerful prosecutor and he has lost his own personal family. A few years previously his wife and two children were violently murdered and J.D. has since lived in a cloud of alcohol, guilt, and regret. He believes the wrong man was executed for his family's murders and still searches hopelessly for the real killer. J.D. now barely makes ends meet with a law practice representing the less desirable clients of New Orleans.
Holly Jones is a reformed New Orleans prostitute now living a normal life in Branson, Missouri and has no desire to ever return to New Orleans. She is one of the lucky ones and has been able to escape the horrors of her previous life. Holly had left the city after a number of prostitutes were murdered. She seems to know something that no one else knows and suspects the real killer was never apprehended although a man was executed for the murders. When Holly receives a frantic call from one of her close friends still living the life of a prostitute in New Orleans, Holly worries that the real murderer has returned and fears for her friend's life and returns to find her.
J.D. meets Holly when he receives a call to represent her for shooting New Orleans's chief of police. Holly had shot the chief in self-defense and J.D., knowing the chief's carnal weaknesses, threatens to expose him unless he drops the charges against Holly. Once Holly is out of jail, she discovers her car is stolen which contains all of her possessions. With no money and no place to go, J.D. invites her to his apartment for a temporary housing. He rationalizes that he is helping her out but realizes that he is strongly attracted to her.
Clearly Holly is beautiful and irresistible enough for J.D. to consider her former life unimportant. Or it could be that he honestly does not have a judgmental personality. J.D. is truly attractive as the hero both in body and personality as long as he isn't drinking. Holly is attracted to him as well but will not be seduced by him and will not entertain any thoughts that there could ever be anything real between the two of them. As the reader, I had to agree with her thoughts. Somehow, this romance does not ever seem real. It is a thing of fairy tales and doesn't ring true. We see very little of the leads together and certainly even a smaller percentage with them happy together and alone. Those times are mostly just during the sensual scenes. Those scenes rate about a 3.5 out of 5.0 (see More About Me for rating guidelines). They are infrequent and since he is drunk a good part of the time and she is an ex-hooker, it is hard to envision this side of their relationship as meaningful. Perhaps if the leads had been given more pages in the book to grow their relationship, it may have seemed real.
As Holly and J.D.'s circumstances grow worse daily, we are drawn deeper and deeper into their lives. There are some surprises along the way. This is not predictable writing. It is a fine suspense story and although the leads' romance seems too good to be true, it is a story of tenderness and healing. It was not, however, a book that compelled me to keep reading to find out what happened next. In my opinion, it was not an exceptional book - rather an average book. But I do think it is worth your time to read Bad Moon Rising if you can accept the fact that the romance is actually secondary to several other aspects of the book. I have previously written a review on Darkling I Listen should you desire a comparison of the two books.
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