"A fresh voice in crime fiction. Fast, funny, heartbreaking and wise...Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year."--Lee Child
“Hall deserves to be compared to Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, and it will not be long before she is recognized as every bit as big a crime writing star.”--Daily Mail (UK)
Los Angeles Homicide Detective Elouise Norton encounters her toughest case yet in City of Saviors, the fourth installment in the critically acclaimed mystery series from author Rachel Howzell Hall.
After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home. At first blush, his death seems unremarkable—heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue. But something in the way Washington died doesn’t make sense. LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington had was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate.
But something wicked is lurking among the congregants of this church.
Lou’s partner, Detective Colin Taggert, thinks her focus on the congregation comes from her distrust of organized religion. But Lou is convinced that the murderer is sitting in one of those red velvet pews—and that Bishop Tate may be protecting the wolf in the flock. Lou must force the truth into the light and confront her own demons in order to save another soul before it’s too late.
"Hall has created a strong and likable African American detective who rivals Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch in grit, intelligence, and tenacity."--Library Journal (starred review)
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Hall's absorbing fourth mystery featuring LAPD homicide cop Elouise "Lou" Norton (after 2016's Trail of Echoes) finds Lou, recently promoted to detective sergeant, still suffering from injuries sustained in her previous outing and struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, to which she refuses to admit. One hot Los Angeles summer day, Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, are called to the debris-filled home of 73-year-old Eugene Washington, who was found dead that morning sitting in his armchair. A gun rests on the floor near the body. While others at the scene want to write off the cause of death as a combination of heat stroke and food poisoning, Lou thinks otherwise. Her inquiries bring her into contact with an array of intriguing, well-defined characters. The dialogue has moments of genuine wit, and Lou's relationships with her women friends ring true. Her struggle with her inner demons adds fascinating nuances to how she behaves on the job and in her personal life.