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My Julietby John Ed Bradley
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In his most enthralling novel since the acclaimed Tupelo Nights, John Ed Bradley tells a scorching story of sex and death in sultry New Orleans.
After years as an “actress” in California, Juliet Beauvais is drawn back to town with the promise of a big inheritance. But she finds her “dying” mother all too healthy and making other plans. Fortunately for Juliet, Sonny LaMott has been carrying a torch for her all these years, and hes easily lured into a scheme thats sure to get Juliet what she deserves. Twisted, gothically atmospheric, and replete with surprise, My Juliet is a deliciously dark and mordantly funny tale.
"Complete with a dark mood, an ensnared protagonist, and a beautiful femme fatale, Bradley's newest novel reads like a classic film noir script....Readers who love nail-biting, gut-wrenching thrillers may be disappointed in this novel. Its pace is as slow and lazy as a hot, Southern summer's day. Those who like a story with the flavor of a sultry New Orleans night, though, might find this work intriguing." Library Journal
"No New Orleans story is complete without murder, sex and family secrets, and Bradley amply supplies all three in this moody, sadly comic novel....[T]he novel pays a self-conscious homage to Tennessee Williams, and if Bradley is unable to duplicate the playwright's masterful atmosphere, he still manages to muster some evocative observations....At times the depravity seems to be piled a bit high how much drug abuse, pedophilia, and kinky sex is really necessary? but for the most part, Bradley's seamy story is balanced by enough witty dialogue and lush scenery to make a wild, suspenseful, and ultimately bittersweet read." Publishers Weekly
"The steamy ambience of suburban New Orleans tartly flavors this latest of Bradley's wistfully comic portrayals of likable losers and the hardhearted women who rev up, then clog their engines....There's a lot going on in this novel, which distinguishes it some from Bradley's earlier, laxly plotted, more self-indulgently sentimental work....Bradley's best yet, and an encouraging sign that he's finally starting to put it all together." Kirkus Reviews
"[E]nds up choking on its own steamy ambience." Jonathan Miles, The New York Times Book Review
"My Juliet lives up to the shining promise of his brilliant first novel Tupelo Nights. [It] is a dazzling virtuoso performance." Harry Crews, author of A Feast of Snakes
"A tale as torrid and enticingly dangerous as the back alleys of New Orleans." Scott Anderson, author of The Man Who Tried to Save the World
"Combines a plot that sizzles with mystery and a perfect sense of the city." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Tennessee Williams meets Body Heat in this literary tale of a New Orleans artist's dangerous obsession for the most "fatale" of "femmes".
About the Author
John Ed Bradley is a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated. He is the author of three other novels and lives in New Orleans.
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