The Killing Circle

A Neal Rafferty Mystery


NOTHING’S WHAT IT SEEMS IN NEW ORLEANS, BUT THIS MURDER WAS ONE FOR THE BOOKS…

Two books to be exact; a missing set of William Blake rarities—and street-smart detective Neal Rafferty has been hired to find them.

Instead, what he finds is the body of a rare book dealer and a growing list of females—each with a pretty good reason to do him in. There’s his all-too-ready-to-confess wife, his unhappy, illegitimate daughter, and the beautiful, sensual Catherine—a woman who’s a lot easier to love than she is to believe. What does a tough private eye do when he finds himself falling for the prime suspect in a murder case? The answers, and the truth, may be hiding in the steamy streets and sleazy bars of New Orleans, and Rafferty’s got to choose the right one…choose between a truth he can live with and one he could end up dying for.

Praise for The Killing Circle:

“A lean, smart, warm-centered mystery debut—rich in unromanticized New Orleans backgrounds, shrewd character sketches, and steady, non-corney action.” Kirkus Reviews

“A well-made, Chandler-type private investigator caper.” Publishers Weekly

“Wiltz brings a refreshing, individual outlook to the formula of hard-boiled detective fiction. Rafferty is his own man, less the loner and not as hard-edged as some shamuses.” Washington Post Book World