Louisiana Hotshot : Talba Wallis

  • by Julie Smith
  • Narrated by Nan McNamara
  • Series: Talba Wallis
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad. Hotshot 20-something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it.
And thus was born the dynamic duo of New Orleans private detectives, one cynical, 65-year-old Luddite white dude with street smarts, and one young, bright-eyed, 21st century African-American female poet, performance artist, mistress of disguise, and computer jock extraordinaire. Think Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.
In Louisiana Hotshot, their job is to hunt down a sociopath and pedophile who's molested the 14-year-old daughter of their client, hangs out on the ragged edges of the rap and recording industries, and has more powerful allies than a Cabinet member.
But both detectives have unfinished business from the past - in Eddie's case, something he deeply regrets; in Talba's, a personal mystery, one so frightening no one will help her investigate. But she knows she won't sleep till she solves it - and the truth will change her forever.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Story great, narration...so-so

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Narrator mispronounced many words, including "dudgeon" (she pronounced it dungeon), "demonic" (de-moan-ic) and more. She also didn't understand the "Yat" New Orleans accent. It's only Brooklyn-esque, not full-on Brooklyn. She also made too many of the voices cartoonish or childish.

In narration, less is usually more.


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- Amazon Customer

Not at All What It Seems

What disappointed you about Louisiana Hotshot?

I wanted a fun mystery. I wanted interesting leads. I wanted relatable characters. I got none of that. Instead, the lead female character is whiny and entitled. The lead male is a curmudgeon and not in any endearing sense. And the mystery is hardly what I'd call intriguing.


Has Louisiana Hotshot turned you off from other books in this genre?

In the genre? No. In this series? Yes.


Any additional comments?

I wanted to like it. I really wanted to like it. There aren't a ton of mysteries out there with a young WOC as the lead character but I just couldn't do it. I'll be returning this one and not reading anything else in this series.

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- Megan P.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: booksBnimble