Blood in the Water
by Wilson Smith
(Adaly Publishing 2007)
Reviewing books that come our way is always a fascinating task. Stories, like people, come in all shapes and sizes, some attractive and interesting. Like choosing a sweetheart, the process of selecting enjoyable reads is all about what happens to appeal to you.
Personally, I enjoy an entertaining story with characters that will evoke emotions as I read along, wondering how the author will bring its disparate elements together.
The setting for Blood in the Water is post-Katrina New Orleans. The hero, Andrew, is a fun-loving young man with little interest or motivation for economic success. Andrew’s best friend Brad introduces him to his boss in the mortgage business. In turn, the boss introduces Andrew to others, including the wife of an infamous financial scoundrel, Virgina. Andrew’s charm is deployed.
He is soon sleeping with Virginia, as her husband is sent to prison. In the aftermath of hurricane Bret (in the story), Andrew’s lover and boss organize a new mortgage company, intended to take advantage of the efforts of government to rehabilitate a devastated New Orleans. Corruption and graft are rampant, reaching to the White House. Andrew succeeds in business, adapting to the world of rich privilege, travel, and the perks of being a rich woman’s lover. Sex and intrigue take root.
Soon enough, Virginia’s husband is murdered in prison, other people begin dying, and the wily finger of fate points at Andrew.
How will the libidinous young man escape from the whirlwind that has swept into his life?
Wilson Smith is an excellent story-teller. The pages turn easily, as I tried to anticipate how it would all devolve. In the end, like all great stories, I closed the cover smiling. Another story was evolving with the enigmatic Virginia.
Blood in the Water is great beach or airplane reading!
You will be entertained, as was I.