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Bobby DeLaughter writes about a criminal who moves from Jackson to New Orleans…

… where, according to a jacket-blurb on Amazon (the only place the book is available), he resumes his life of crime:

The journey DeLaughter now takes us on is not merely one from his roots of Jackson, Mississippi to his new home along the narrow streets and alleys of the famous French Quarter of New Orleans, but into a world of darkness that somehow flourishes in the plain sight of light, for malevolence is concealed behind many deceptive visages.

What sort of crime, you might ask?  Judicial bribery?  Public corruption?

Nope.  The criminal in the piece is a “serial rapist and killer, seemingly dormant for years, stirring again. After throwing two Mississippi counties into a frantic tailspin, he migrates to New Orleans. What better killing ground than the nation’s murder capital…”

The author bio notes that DeLaughter was a lawyer, prosecutor, judge, and that he was played by Alec Baldwin in a movie.  It does not note that he was a defendant in a federal court prosecution or what might have caused that to happen.

h/t Cari Gervin.

10 comments to Bobby DeLaughter writes about a criminal who moves from Jackson to New Orleans…

  • Ben

    Thanks for bringing this book to our attention: I shall not waste a minute reading it.

  • If BDL was going to write a book, it should have been about an [accountant] who was betrayed by his former mentor & friend in an [IRS] investigation, who, after doing time, hunts his betrayer down at his houseboat in [California] and wreaks a cunning and terrible revenge upon him.

    An entertaining premise, and it might have robbed Ed Peters of a little sleep.

  • I’m no fan of DeLaughter, but the book ought to stand or fail on its own. The fact that the author is a liar and a crook might actually make for better reading.

    I’m not sure what malignancy of soul inspired L. Ron Hubbard to start his own religion, but I’ve enjoyed some of his books.

  • NMC

    CRS, everything I’ve heard about the DeLaughter book makes me not want to read it.

    Among things we know: He probably had an agent (he published another book). This book drew no attention. It’s in an area that is commercial and desired (crime novels intended as a series). I’m guessing it’s a turkey. It’s a genre I never read, anyway, but still.

  • NMC

    Sometime about when I was 45 I realized I was not going to read all the books I wished to read in this lifetime. It’s literally the only regret I have ever had about the passing-of-time. But it reinforced my desire to not spend time on crap. And I am not going to buy an Amazon-only book. Period.

  • Colonel: I recommend “Going Clear.” It’s in paperback now. You will be astonished the cult’s leaders aren’t in jail.

  • Everything by Lawrence Wright (Going Clear) is worth reading.

  • Well, I have Going Clear on my Kindle phone reader. I don’t know whether the book was offered at deep discount at some point and I bought it or whether my wife bought it. She doesn’t buy a lot of Kindle books. But anyway, I’m going to read it or at least skim it.

    I sometimes buy my daughter really cheap books for Kindle. There are a lot of juvenile titles out there and the 99-cent or 1.99 books are generally enjoyable if not terribly well written. I read one of these books a few years ago by an Amanda Hocking. The plot was reasonably good but the writing was terrible. It turns out that Hocking had a number of books that had been rejected for publication so she put them up for sale on Amazon as Kindle-only books. She’s made more than $2.5 million just selling electronic copies, although I think now the books are available in book form.

  • The Wright is a fascinating book, though I wonder how easy the endnotes (co-authored, I suspect, by the publisher’s legal department) will be to read. Not quite as bad as skipping the notes in Gibbon, but there were some gems, IIRC.

  • NMC

    I’ll also give a favorable nod to Going Clear.

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