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Though the modern bus has long since replaced the streetcar in New Orleans, Desire is still the meanest street of them all. Now Police Detective Skip Langdon finds herself on its shady side in what at first appears to be a small case with some big names--Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband. Yet Skip soon senses something big starting to un Though the modern bus has long since replaced the streetcar in New Orleans, Desire is still the meanest street of them all. Now Police Detective Skip Langdon finds herself on its shady side in what at first appears to be a small case with some big names--Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband. Yet Skip soon senses something big starting to unfold. Something rooted in corruption, resulting in violence--and motivated by that old demon . . . desire. Across town, Talba Wallis has a simple desire of her own--to find out what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. Wallis is a woman who leads three lives--poet, computer expert, and part-time detective once hired to spy on Fortier. But the private investigator she worked for can't help her out. He's lying in his office with a bullet in his chest. Reporter Jane Storey is also walking down that mean, sultry street--she's on the brink of the biggest story of her life. But she's got a bad feeling she's being played like a deck of cards. In fact, all three investigators--cop, private eye, and reporter--sense an unknown (and malevolent) presence pulling strings they cannot see. Smith's steamy masterpiece is a tale of desire running out of control . . . of corporate greed, a lust for power, and a legacy of misery that only now must be set right--at a cost measured in blood and heartbreak and lives.


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Though the modern bus has long since replaced the streetcar in New Orleans, Desire is still the meanest street of them all. Now Police Detective Skip Langdon finds herself on its shady side in what at first appears to be a small case with some big names--Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband. Yet Skip soon senses something big starting to un Though the modern bus has long since replaced the streetcar in New Orleans, Desire is still the meanest street of them all. Now Police Detective Skip Langdon finds herself on its shady side in what at first appears to be a small case with some big names--Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband. Yet Skip soon senses something big starting to unfold. Something rooted in corruption, resulting in violence--and motivated by that old demon . . . desire. Across town, Talba Wallis has a simple desire of her own--to find out what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. Wallis is a woman who leads three lives--poet, computer expert, and part-time detective once hired to spy on Fortier. But the private investigator she worked for can't help her out. He's lying in his office with a bullet in his chest. Reporter Jane Storey is also walking down that mean, sultry street--she's on the brink of the biggest story of her life. But she's got a bad feeling she's being played like a deck of cards. In fact, all three investigators--cop, private eye, and reporter--sense an unknown (and malevolent) presence pulling strings they cannot see. Smith's steamy masterpiece is a tale of desire running out of control . . . of corporate greed, a lust for power, and a legacy of misery that only now must be set right--at a cost measured in blood and heartbreak and lives.

30 review for 82 Desire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Back for another visit with Skip Langdon in New Orleans. This time Skip is involved in the case of the murder of a private detective which leads her into the machinations of a group of big oil company executives that have been cheating small independent oil companies out of their leases. One of the cheated owners is out to get revenge and uncover the dirty dealing and the detective was working for him. Throw into the mix a poet and technical wizard who was working part time for te detective by go Back for another visit with Skip Langdon in New Orleans. This time Skip is involved in the case of the murder of a private detective which leads her into the machinations of a group of big oil company executives that have been cheating small independent oil companies out of their leases. One of the cheated owners is out to get revenge and uncover the dirty dealing and the detective was working for him. Throw into the mix a poet and technical wizard who was working part time for te detective by going under cover at the big oil offices to get information on the dealing.. A couple of more murders and attempted murder and a trip to Florida by Skip in search of one of the execs before the case can be closed. This is the next to last book in the set I downloaded. Reading the last one now.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Hilarious murder mystery Only Julie Smith can describe how life is lived in New Orleans. The dichotomy between uptown and the French quarter, the difference between the wards and surrounding areas is like going to totally different states yet they all get together in the same dives for the best soul food on the planet. Amidst all this is oil. Big oil. The offshoots run everywhere there is enough land to support a derricks. And oil is worth killing killing for. This installment, number eight by th Hilarious murder mystery Only Julie Smith can describe how life is lived in New Orleans. The dichotomy between uptown and the French quarter, the difference between the wards and surrounding areas is like going to totally different states yet they all get together in the same dives for the best soul food on the planet. Amidst all this is oil. Big oil. The offshoots run everywhere there is enough land to support a derricks. And oil is worth killing killing for. This installment, number eight by the way, into the life and life's work of Skip Langdon, begins with oil, and is a slippery slope downhill through shady deal, illegal oil lease reclamation right on over to murder. Skip Langdon has no idea just how ruthless Big Oil can be.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alicecake

    This book revealed yet another layer of the character, Skip Langdon. As a female cop in New Orleans she has faced many life or death situations and always rises the star. In thos book she shows some uncertainty and genuine fear. Somehow, she seems a little more human than the previosy super cop, but definetly every bit as much of a go-getter. The story, as in all of Smith’s, has a lot of characters whose lives become entwined. This was not my favorite, but not my least favorite, and still very e This book revealed yet another layer of the character, Skip Langdon. As a female cop in New Orleans she has faced many life or death situations and always rises the star. In thos book she shows some uncertainty and genuine fear. Somehow, she seems a little more human than the previosy super cop, but definetly every bit as much of a go-getter. The story, as in all of Smith’s, has a lot of characters whose lives become entwined. This was not my favorite, but not my least favorite, and still very enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Dalton

    Another Great Book from Julie Smith The eighth Skip Langdon Mystery is another interesting tale woven around multiple characters and subplots. Everyone contributes to the mystery or the mystery in the mystery. Why does a New Orleans councilwoman's husband disappear? Why does a OK get killed? Who is the mysterious manipulator working in the background to bring out the truth? The answers to these questions and more are revealed in this great page-turner from Julie Smith.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I will admit that this is my first Skip Langdon book, so I am not familiar with how they usually go. I was surprised by how little Skip appeared in the book. Surprised, but not disappointed. Smith did a great job developing the other characters. I was really hoping that Cille was the killer, but we all can't get what we want.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    This is #8 in the series of 9, and I just have to finish them! Got to see what happens with Skip and Steve, and with Errol Jacomine. What a completely even villain Julie Smith created....hopefully he will be caught in the 9th book. And here's hoping there are even MORE books in the Skip Langdon series. They simply must keep going. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julian Roldan

    Wow great reading Mesmerized by the pace of this book and its characters! Make quick read of book and left a smile on my face. The baroness of this book by itself it's worth the reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Tollard

    A Great whodunut Characters were well formed, I liked the way the story somewhat delved into the lives os the secondary characters. All around a good read and looking forward to reading mre

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louise Pass

    Another fabulous story Well, I admit that I am a huge fan. Each one of these books is better then the last, you will be happy that you took the time to read the whole series

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol Quayle

    Boring, boring, and boring. Couldn't hold my attention at all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erean Larry-Fiakpuyi

    Fun read! Enjoy the Skip Langdon series and meeting new character Taliba! What fun! Looking forward to reading next book in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    good story

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Chick

    Very engrossing read. Didn't take very long to figure out who the murderer was but, still intriguing. Would recommend this book to any mystery lover.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Webster

    As always a delightful easy read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Detective Skip Langdon (New Orleans Police Dept) is surrounded (again) by a cast of colorful characters: Steve (her boyfriend), Cindy Lou (best friend), Jimmy Dee (landlord), and his teenaged wards -- add to the mix, the Baroness and her mother. Ms. Smith makes them all come alive and describes New Orleans in such loving terms that you want to visit! No graphic sex or violence

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyrie

    It wasn't bad - it just didn't grab my interest. It felt like a place holder, a story to occupy readers between main acts. On the up side, it didn't have Jacomine, although I'm willing to bet he turns up again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn Ainsworth

    8th Skip Langdon book. . (Hardly seems the same writer as the Rebecca Swartz series). Got lost in the abundance of dialog that didn’t move the story forward. Ended up scanning rather than reading. Will try one more of her novels because a friend really loves them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    This seems to pre-date some of the other Skip Langdon series. The ease with which the case wraps up seems a bit unbelievable and there are several loose ends with several characters. Still, all in all a good read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    One of the well written mystery series set in New Orleans. Skip lives with boyfriend and friends make extended family. Missing person. 4 at oil company who have cheated many people out of oil leases and consequences. Missing person is husband of New Orleans Councilwoman.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Mccollum

    I enjoyed this thriller-number 8 in the Skip Langdon series. As usual- the city of New Orleans itself is a vivid character. This plot was a little more fanciful than the earlier books, but an easy read with several twists and turns. Perfect for a beach/ plane read. I'd recommend it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Serena Asta

    A bit more wacky that earlier books with the introduction of Talba Wallis. I enjoyed it all the same. May take a break before I read the newer books about the new gal.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Foster harper

    introducing talba This was not one of her best but it was still a good read. Interesting learned about the oil business a little bit

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Turner

    not bad This was a pretty good read...maybe not as good as the previous, but still an enjoyable read. I was able to get through it ok despite the negative reviews.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    It's fine Like most in this series the end doesn't come til the end yet leaving you with thought. This one seems a bit more racist but it's also shorter than the usual

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan L. Curtin

    How could this have all happened? A complex mystery began simple and many were on the case that kept igniting with twists. It is a book that is hard to put down.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good the dective in this story is a woman from the south who wants too be a police person instead of what her f wants

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    Another Julie Smith detective New Orleans confection. you're in the city when you're in the book. Good characters. Fun.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    82 Desire by Julie Smith is the 8th book of the Skip Langdon mystery series set in late-20th-century New Orleans. Skip is adjusting to a citywide reorganization of the police departments. She's happy to still be working with 'AA' (Adam Abasolo), her former detective partner, now her boss. Several interesting subplots seem quite unrelated: a councilwoman's husband goes missing, a seedy private detective is murdered, a street poet denounces Pill Man who named her Urethra. Aside from Talba the poet 82 Desire by Julie Smith is the 8th book of the Skip Langdon mystery series set in late-20th-century New Orleans. Skip is adjusting to a citywide reorganization of the police departments. She's happy to still be working with 'AA' (Adam Abasolo), her former detective partner, now her boss. Several interesting subplots seem quite unrelated: a councilwoman's husband goes missing, a seedy private detective is murdered, a street poet denounces Pill Man who named her Urethra. Aside from Talba the poet, who didn't interest me in the slightest, the rest of the story is intriguing. The cases get more complex as Skip follows clues. Jane, a newspaperwoman friend of Skip's, is chasing a big story, but instead compromises her values; luckily that makes her keep going, to ferret out the truth. Far from a recounting of police procedure, in this book Skip, Talba and Jane each separately learn key pieces of the puzzle, but don't pool their knowledge until it's almost too late. Even Steve, Skip's love interest, gets into the action, on a Florida trip that cracks open the case. More than the interesting mystery, this book is rich with detail of life in New Orleans, how neighborhoods and surrounding communities have distinct characters reflecting their history. Even the personalities of residents are seemingly formed by where they live.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Hanan

    Once again, Julie Smith does not disappoint. The plot is complex, the writing tight, the characters colorful. As always, I love the New Orleans backdrop.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Although not a native, I lived in New Orleans for a number of years and it was nostalgic to read about the streets, food, places, and characters. The plot was well done with plenty of twists and although this is #8 in the Skip Langdon series, it wasn't a problem that I haven't read the first seven books.

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