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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Sam Lerner tries to return to the comfort of his roots after the death of his wife, but finds that things are not always what you remember in Inside Sam Lerner by Gwen Banta. Depending more and more on alcohol to ease his pain, Sam looks for companionship and understanding at Maire Girod’s Gentleman’s Club, the place and women that represented a haven for him as a teenager. Instead, Sam finds himself drawn into a mystery that promises to turn his world upside down as he puts decisions about his future on hold.
Trying to help his old friend, New Orleans Police Captain Leon Duval, Sam keeps an eye on the mother of a missing escort. As other girls are threatened and Sam uncovers strange coincidences, the case becomes all-consuming, turning into something much deeper and darker than Sam could have imagined. Sam follows leads, hunches and voodoo readings through the Vieux Carré, cemeteries, bayous and hidden away clubs to try to get to the truth and find out not only what is actually going on, but who is behind it all.
Inside Sam Lerner pulls you quickly into the angst and sorrow that darken Sam’s soul and lets you feel his hope for salvation by returning to his hometown, New Orleans. The plot is deep and full of colorful details, twists and surprises, leading you to experience the action as if you are riding along with Sam. Great writing, and the intrigue of New Orleans and deep psychological drama make Inside Sam Lerner a must-read. Great story! Well done and a delight to read.