"Exciting private sleuth tale that reads more like a police procedural"
At twenty-six, his police days seem over so when his
former boss in Mississippi Sam Dodie calls to offer him
some private work, Louis Kincaid leaves his current home in
Michigan for Sereno Bay in the Florida Gold Coast. Sam
introduces Louis to attorney Scott Beldsoe who wants the
former cop to investigate who killed Walter Tatum, the
husband of his client. The local police believe Walter's
wife Roberta and her missing brother Levon Baylis committed
the murder that looks like a crime of passion.
Louis immediately realizes that his black skin got him
the job because the white lawyer needs someone to
communicate with his difficult black client. A second
similar murder of a black man, Anthony Quick, soon occurs.
As Louis works closely with Police Chief Wainright, a
deadly pattern of a nasty serial killer surfaces, one who
must be stopped if the carnage is to end.
PAINT IT BLACK is an exciting private sleuth tale that
actually reads more like a police procedural because of
Louis's background and his cooperative alliance with
Wainright. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with
non-stop action. Louis is an engaging lead character and
the support cast augments the plot by allowing the audience
to see the star in different relationships. P. J. Parrish
has crafted a tense serial killer thriller that sub-genre
fans will appreciate and they will want to read Kincaid's
previous novel DARK OF THE MOON.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 2, 2001