My review for KBR of Mardi Gras Two-Step by Barry M. Vass

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This dark 1970s police procedural gives way to an otherworldly horror. I found it a fast, gripping read, well painted in broad strokes and decently characterized. The madness of Mardi Gras is so well evoked that it becomes unclear whether the town is in turmoil because of the constant unsolved murders of young women or simply because it is Mardi Gras.

Female characters don’t come off well in this novel, although it is most likely because cops in the ’70s tended not to get on well with them. The ending was a slight disappointment, leaving loose ends untied, but nonetheless as full of dark, weird action as the rest of the book. I was left wanting more of this book, perhaps even a sequel.