The Legacy by Gary Gusick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thank you Random House Publishing Group - Alibi via NetGalley. I received an ARC Kindle e-book of The Legacy: Darla Cavannah Mysteries, #3 by Gary Gusick.
The novel is well written and kept me in a grip the entire way through.
I think that the cover threw me off from diving in when I first received it.
It is representative of the dynamic 'Yankee' detective Darla Cavannah who is transplanted to Mississippi. Darla carries a gun and knows how to use it. She is smart, can schmooze the politicians and other policing agencies she must deal with.
Married to an OBGYN who performs legal abortions - the only one in MS who does. In most cases that could pose a problem for her career, but she is also a widow of the late and great Old Miss Quarterback "Hugh the Glue Cavannah."
A few things missing from the cover: Darla's partner "Redneck Rita." The Mississippi Blues road houses. Old Blues posters. A carved statue of an African American warrior. Kudzu and a white Governor whose adopted African American daughter is lynched in the middle of the Old Miss campus.
Yes, I love this book, but there is a lot going on that could use more time and development.
Wow, the subplots running through this novel are vast enough to have created three more novels. I will go back and read The Last Clinic: Darla Cavannah #1 and Officer Elvis: Darla Cavannah, #2 and perhaps there I will find what I seek.
Thank you for the opportunity to read this novel. I will recommend Gary Gusick books for our library collection.
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