It is hotter than hell in New Orleans and newly promoted Police Commander Jack Francoise is battling horrific crime in the Vieux Carre. At the Psychiatric Pavilion, nurses are doling out Thorazine Slurpees to the criminally insane and viciously psychotic patients in the South. Alexandra Destephano, legal counsel for the hospital is troubled by safety issues and is working hard to protect patients and staff. The violence escalates and brutal beatings and murder become the order of the day as life in the Big Easy becomes Uneasy.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
The Imposter by Judith Lucci is the second book in the Alex Destephano series, a gripping medical thriller that will entertain readers and have them enthralled for a very long time. The story starts with the newly promoted police commander Jack Françoise, “a man’s man,” yelling obscenities and cursing over the unsettling news of a murder case, one among many that he’d have to handle. But there is more to keep the authorities concerned and everyone looking over their shoulders, because the criminally insane are rising like maddened beasts at the psychiatrist hospital where Monique Desmonde, Alexandra Destephano, and Robert Bonnet work as a psychiatrist, a nurse attorney, and a reformer respectively. Hold your breath for a terrific ride with this new medical thriller.Judith Lucci gets many credits for her awesome writing, her unique, gripping style, her powerful voice, and for the gift of storytelling. She seems to write from the psychiatric ward, coming across very convincingly to readers. The characters are well-grounded and monumental, and readers will love to see each of them evolve in their role as the story progresses. Apart from being a great storyteller, the author has a gift for developing plot-driven conflict, and characters with attributes that many readers will certainly identify with easily. From the very first line of this story, the reader is already warned that there is much at stake. The plot is well-paced and it moves even faster as the conflict reaches a climax, enhanced by the short, punchy chapters that make it impossible to put the book down. As a reader, you’ll find yourself saying, “Just one more chapter” until you turn the last page. Highly entertaining.
Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars
Virginia born Judith Lucci holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous academic and health-related articles and documents. Her novels are based on her clinical experiences, very active imagination and experiences living in New Orleans and Virginia. When not teaching or writing, Judith is an avid silk painter and multi-media artist. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her family and six dogs.