Longarm and the Voodoo Queen by Tabor Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The US Deputy Marshal called Longarm is assigned to an undercover operation to solve the murder of a lawman who was investigating smuggling activity in New Orleans. A bit of good luck brings Longarm into the employ of one of the two warring smugglers, and the company of a seductive and wealthy woman - and unfortunately her unseemly brother. Longarm befriends an alluring Cajun swamp woman who becomes his ally and lover, a very likable and amusing character. Lots going on here with warring smugglers, zombies, a Voodoo Queen, and Mardi Gras festivities all nicely tied together into a propulsive and cohesive mystery plot. This novel was written by James Reasoner, a writer whose work I admire, and surely one of my favorites in the series.