BOOK REVIEW: South of Hell (Louis Kincaid #9) by PJ Parrish

Publication Date: February 22, 2019
Format: paperback
Genre:  Crime Fiction

Publisher: Our Noir Publishing
401  pages
Buy:  Paperback | Kindle 


DIG UP THE PAST. PAY THE PRICE. For Louis Kincaid and his lover, female detective Joe Frye, the present and the past collide when they team up to find out what happened to Jean Brandt, who was reported missing by her husband from their Michigan farmhouse in 1981. Jean's daughter Amy, only five at the time, has been plagued by dream-like memories of a violent killing, and it is assumed that the murder she has seen is her mother's. But as Amy's veracity as a witness is put to the test, Louis and Joe realize that the details of her visions are not consistent with the evidence—in particular, the time period during which Jean was killed. A strange question emerges: Whose murder did Amy really see?


I'm doing my best to get through some of the paperbacks that have been piling up around my house that people have either given me or I found in a free little library somewhere.  This is one of them. 

I've never read a Louis Kincaid novel and when I started it I didn't realize it was the 9th book in the series.  The story is stand alone but Louis Kincaids history is not.  Once a cop, he lost his badge after an altercation that left another officer dead. I don't know much beyond that but I know that people don't like him. He is now a PI in Florida but this case brings him back to Michigan.  With the help of his girlfriend who has recently relocated to Michigan for a job he discovers a young woman who may have witnessed the death of her mother at the hands of her violent and deranged husband. Amy's mother has never been found but the farmhouse where she lived with her is in shambles and Amy keeps having flashbacks of a brutal death. 

With an old detective from the area who was having an affair with the missing woman and Amy's father out of jail this is a race to find a body and discover what Amy knows. Fast paced, intriguing this book made me want to go back and read some of the other books in this series and then keep going. Louis Kincaid is layered character who was raised in foster care after his mother died.  His mother was black his father white, and he has a few half siblings as well that he hasn't seen since he was a child.  Finding out where you are from plays a big role in this book and leaves me wondering if he will get around to finding his father and if his father even knew of his existence. 

There are a lot of moving pieces to this story and it may have been better to know more history on the characters but it worked fine as a stand alone.  

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