"Gritty police procedural romance"
Former Army Lieutenant Hardesty Arnaud gained plenty of
experience in law enforcement during her ten years as a
military police officer. However, that work would not have
dented the patriarchal gang of three that run her hometown
of St. Martine, Louisiana to enable Hardesty to become the
town's police chief. It took an act of the President shown
on national TV when she received a medal for her bravery
under sniper fire in the Kuwaiti Desert to obtain the job
of St. Martine Police Chief.
The comparatively easy assignment turns deadly when a
murder victim with ties to the mob is found. FBI Agent
Nick Brannigan arrives to learn why Brooklyn born Mafia
attorney John Capizi hidden in St. Martine is dead, how
much damage to the Feds' case against the Patrini Family
has that caused and where is the missing US Marshal
assigned to protect Capizi? As the two law officials
squabble over jurisdiction and cooperation, they fall in
love, but both know that the case must come first besides
he is big city while she is backwater.
SOUTHERN COMFORT is not the typical romantic suspense cozy-
like tale, but more a gritty police procedural romance with
the humorous bantering between the lead protagonists used
to offset the graphic crime scenes. The lead couple is a
delightful duo fighting with one another over the
investigation and the attraction. Sub-genre fans will
enjoy this fast-paced regional tale and want J.M. Jeffries
to provide a sequel starring the law enforcement duet.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 11, 2002