Item description for Deadly Pedigree (Nick Herald Genealogical Mystery) by Jimmy Fox...
Murder has a family tree! . . . in Deadly Pedigree, an award-winning Louisiana genealogical mystery. Nick Herald, a professional genealogist in New Orleans, searches for Louisiana relatives of an elderly man, a Holocaust survivor. Soon Nick learns that his client is actually seeking strange vengeance on a wealthy New Orleans woman, who then persuades Nick to work for her and to steal the information she fears. Genealogical curiosity turns deadly as Nick stumbles upon murderous mysteries with roots reaching far back into the past. In the course of his investigation, Nick pieces together a tangled tale of bigotry, betrayal, lust, and shame spanning two centuries. He falls into the arms of the wealthy woman's beautiful daughter, with dangerous consequences for his conscience and his heart. And as the story draws to its conclusion, he learns far more about himself than he ever wanted to know. Finally, Nick makes courageous decisions to right old wrongs and expose the guilty, while doing his best to save his own neck. Ernest J. Gaines, acclaimed titan of American letters, had high praise for Fox's Deadly Pedigree: "This novel starts with a bang, and ends with a bang. It is a mystery, with all the characters you will find in most good mysteries--tough ones, evil ones, good ones, and in-between ones. The scenes of New Orleans (of the Quarter and the Garden District) and those of Natchitoches are brilliant. The plot takes us back into history, with a subject that is quite familiar: an older generation trying its best to keep a secret of identity from a younger generation."
Deadly Pedigree won 1st prize at the 1995 Deep South Writers Conference and was a finalist in the 1996 St. Martin's Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Contest. Additionally, during the spring and summer of 2000, Authorlink.com recognized Jimmy Fox as a "Featured Mystery Author" for Deadly Pedigree, the first novel in his Louisiana genealogical mystery series.
The star of Fox's mysteries is Nick Herald, an ex-college professor of English, now a Certified Genealogist, scratching out a paltry living in fascinating New Orleans, Louisiana. Undeservedly disgraced in his former profession, he has become an outsider, reluctant to trust or to love, but driven to help justice prevail. He scoffs at authority and sneers at hypocrisy. But his cynicism is tempered by an awareness that he too is a flawed human being. And his passion for genealogy is genuine, even spiritual: he believes that exploring the lives of our ancestors helps us better understand other people, other cultures, and other times.
Assisted by Hawty Latimer, a brilliant, young, disabled African American woman, Nick uses his vast store of knowledge, his remarkable memory, and--most of all--his intuition to root out the deadly rot festering within the Louisiana family trees he investigates. He's no hard-boiled hero; yet when cornered, he will fight to win against villains who seek to obscure, control, or destroy the preserved record of the past for their own criminal purposes.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.38" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Aug 2, 2001
Publisher Top Publications
ISBN 1929976089 ISBN13 9781929976089
Availability 0 units.
More About Jimmy Fox
Jimmy Fox never met a family tree that didn't have a story worth a novel, at least-his own family being no exception. He was born in Louisiana, and there received a fine hybrid education (public school, Tulane, and LSU). By temperament an impractical dreamer and chronic smart aleck, he realized, after turning up his nose at several promising life paths, that he was unsuited for just about anything else but writing fiction. Fortunately, he was blessed with marvelously supportive parents, who had since his earliest days regaled him with tales of eccentric characters on both sides of the family. And when his father, like him a big fan of mysteries, heard Jimmy's idea for a series featuring a New Orleans genealogist as sleuth, the Nick Herald Louisiana genealogical mysteries were born, with the family's wholehearted encouragement. The novels received early positive critical attention and several awards, but the audience that Jimmy, his parents, and his loyal fans thought the novels deserved never discovered them among the crowded shelves of bookstores. Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Jimmy will be improving and reissuing the three novels completed so far in the series for a readership potentially as big as the Internet itself! This go-round, his wife (a perceptive, prodigious reader) and two cats ("purrfectly" good editors) will be cheering him on. Be sure to stop by Jimmy's website, www.jimmyfox.com.