Homicide detective Sam Long is determined to solve his latest case, but he can't move forward without help. His best witness to arson and murder is a little girl, and whatever she saw on the night of the fire is safely locked away in her mind.
The last thing Sam wants is to consult with anyone, especially Dr. Antoinette Deveraux, a beautiful psychologist trained in hypnosis. He's certain there's no place for someone like compassionate Antoinette in a murder investigation. But when she unlocks the child's memories, Antoinette unlocks something primal and compelling in Sam's own heart.
This second book in this New Orleans Nights series is a great suspense book and can be read as a stand alone. Detective Sergeant Sam Long is one of three friends who grew up together on the streets of New Orleans. Now that Sam turned out well as a cop in New Orleans, they have kept in touch and each have their own adult story. With his tough childhood, no one influenced Sam as much as his Uncle Claude, who lives amongst the bayous and swamps. When Sam was young, he spent a couple of years there with his uncle and two sons, Martin and Leonce, who he considers brothers. After being attracted to psychologist Antoinette, he decides to take her to Bayou Midnight for a weekend visit. Through this visit to see them, and at the fishing camp Sam owned, I was able to experience the beauty of the area right along with her. And Sam is a totally different person when back in what I consider to be his element. I learned a lot about the life Cajuns live through the author’s descriptive words. The suspense involves an arsonist. The romance is about the struggles Sam has with his determination to never fall in love, including with Antoinette. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to Skeeter’s story. It may be my new favorite of this series.