|Rachel Howzell Hall’s bio page declares her to be “A writer of things. An observer of life.” One of the “things” she wrote is the acclaimed novel A Quiet Storm, chosen as a “Rory’s Book Club” selection, the must-read book list for fictional television character Rory Gilmore of The Gilmore Girls. Her fourth novel, Land of Shadows, introduces LA homicide detective Lou Norton, and has drawn praise from Hilary Davidson, Lee Child, Hank Phillipi Ryan and Gary Phillips, as well as MG’s own Bunny. (See Bunny’s review.)||
Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton’s new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it’s a teenage suicide. Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation.
For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou's missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical.
Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?
About the Author
Rachel Howzell Hall is the Foundation and Corporate Grants Managaer at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles, which mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, received a starred review from Library Journal and was a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. She lives in Los Angeles.