Lennon, David. “Second Chance”, CreateSpace, 2011.
Back to the Big Easy
David Lennon just won the Lambda Literary Award for mystery with “Echoes:, the second book in his New Orleans crime series and when you read “Second Chance” you will understand why he was so recognized. Being originally from New Orleans and having been raised and schooled there, I was amazed at how well Lennon knew the city. In fact, I wrote to him and asked him if he was from New Orleans only to learn that he has spent a good deal of time there.
I can’t think of a better place for a mystery than New Orleans, the city seems designed for it. Michel Doucette is a former homicide detective and he and “Sassy” (Alexandria) Jones have opened their own private investigation business and are working to get it established. Talk about perfect timing, someone from their past reappears and needs their help with checking on a business activity with ties to organized crime. The head of one of the crime families hires them to find their son who went missing and as the investigation continues, it is more than about a missing son but about a war between the old guard and the young upstarts.
I have always felt that the key to successful mystery not only depends on a good plotline and credible characters, but the atmosphere must be right for a mystery to be believable and this is what I think Lennon has done so well. He creates the atmosphere of New Orleans in a way that it almost becomes a character in the novel. Lennon’s description is near perfect and he creates a mood that is just right. Aside from that he is an excellent writer and that makes everything he writes here credible. I can’t help but wonder if another Lambda Literary Award is waiting for him.
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