Murder at the Butt

Murder at the Butt

by Ken Mask




Luke Jacobs would rather be carving wood, a craft he learned and shared with his now deceased father, an uncorrupted 30-year veteran of the New Orleans police force. But Luke's mother encouraged higher aspirations for her bright son, who studied law and rose to the rank of New Orleans Assistant District Attorney.

Luke, however, becomes disillusioned with his position-one that often sends young first-time offenders to prison. He finally throws in the towel when he finds himself helpless to get a law school friend out of a very suspicious murder rap. Choosing to employ his intuitive nature, Luke leaves the law profession to become a private investigator. A hand-carved wooden shingle over a Moss Street office door simply reads-Luke Jacobs.

It isn't long before trouble comes knocking in the form of an attractive Tulane law student who makes herself comfortable amidst the unpacked boxes and clutter of Luke's office. She downs shots of scotch without blinking or revealing her true intentions. Her visit seems to be no more than a minor annoyance until she turns up at Luke's apartment in the middle of the night escorted by two of New Orlean's finest. The woman, whose name Luke never really caught, claims she's been with him that night and that the murder at the Funky Butt, a jazz club located at the edge of the French Quarter, has nothing to do with her.

In his first novel of detective fiction, author Ken Mask captures the flavor of New Orleans without over-seasoning or clich�. He describes a certain "business style" unique to the city-the template for which was laid down in the days of its colonial beginnings-when slave ships docked beside pirates, and merchant ships loaded their chambers with cotton while depositing immigrants from Europe and the Caribbean. It is a style born of both the mingling of the tenacious maintenance of the original cultures-where corruption became the status quo and interdependence a matter of survival. Mask takes a non-linear approach to his narrative, shifting in time and point of view infusing the text with jazz riffs and literary references. He skillfully elevates the genre without sacrificing a single line of page-turning tension.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780974281100
Publisher: Milligan Books
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Murder at the Butt 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book to enjoy the mystery story and the culture of New Orleans at the same time! 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Murder at the Butt was a refreshing read,as well as entertaining,certainly different from most authors.I liked the dialect of the book;it kept me in tuned with the landscape and culture of New Orleans.The plot thickened as I went on.I could not put it down.....this is a good one! Thank you Dr.Mask for the autographed copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The question this mystery poses is not 'whodunit,' but to whom was it done? An ever-expanding cast of potential victims and perpetrators emerge and converge on an unlikely murder scene -- the Funky Butt -- a real-life jazz club on the edge of the French Quarter. There is so much at stake for so many, you begin to wonder how the writer will ever be able to resolve this intricate plot. By novel's end, all loose threads are sutured with surgical precision by Dr. Mask. The mystery that remains is will there be a future for the protagonist, Luke Jacobs, P.I.? There is definitely a bright one for his creator!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding, it seems every chapter becomes more & more captivating because you're constantly being mindboggled by the author's ability to tease your brain. Then it will all start coming together until the very end--your thinking hurry up Ken Mask for the sequal. This would would make an awesome movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by a brilliant author who has great literary reference, Murder breaks all stereotypes by including a strong African American father figure throughout the novel. Ken Mask does a wonderful job portraying the essence and soul of New Orleans. I can't wait for the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best. A must for murder mystery buffs. Ken Mask has surely done a superb job on this one. I live approx 60 miles north of New Orleans, so this one really hit home. Keep up the good work, can't wait for the next. Brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has an explosive introduction that has you pondering how deep the rabbit hole really goes. The sequence of events concurs perfectly with the detailed plot development, making the book jammed packed with suspense. The author may have out done himself, and may just have set him self up for a disappointing sequel, do to the incredible quality and success of the first book of many of the Butt novels, Murder at the Butt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is nice to be introduce to a new style of writing. This authur represents a new age of characters and style. He is definately no copy cat and represents originality at its fullest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
brillant story lines woven from the wondrous world of New Orleans' uniqueness: exciting
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story begins with Tom Sawyer witnessing a murder and ends with Huckleberry Fin explaining it. Everything in between was much more interesting than doing my weekend laundry. I'm not a huge murder mystery fan. Especially, not one told from a male's perspective. It was too much xy chromosomal folly and dysfunction for me. Which in turn, portrays the dysfunctional behavior of female characters into exaggerated highlights of the novel. It's obvious there will be a sequel. I strongly suggest the author and editor consume three shots of whiskey instead of five when penning the sequel-'Slaying at the Buttocks'. I'm sure they will fly off the shelves.