An Unquiet Grave (Louis Kincaid Mysteries)

Table of Contents
 
 
 
Praise for P.J. Parrish and A KILLING RAIN
 
“A lean, fast-paced yarn . . . a worthwhile thriller.”
 
Publishers Weekly
 
“Truly compelling reading.”
 
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 
Praise for P.J. Parrish and ISLAND OF BONES
(Nominated for the Shamus Award!)
 
“The newest addition to Parrish’s Louis Kincaid series lures readers in from the outset. World-weary, contemplative Landeta is the perfect foil for Kincaid, a true man of action. Their camaraderie and unspoken understanding, combined with Parrish’s crisp dialogue and skill at stringing out the suspense, are what make this carefully constructed mystery so absorbing.”
 
Publishers Weekly
(Starred Review)
 
“A suspenseful read with some unusual twists and turns that mystery lovers will appreciate.”
 
The Pilot
(Southern Pines, South Carolina)
 
“The sins of generations past haunt Louis Kincaid and the case he takes on in P.J. Parrish’s beautifully evoked, darkly moral tale
Island of Bones
, set in that coastal territory where even the elemental distinction between land and sea can be as blurred as that between good and evil.”
 
S.J. Rozan, Edgar-winning author of
Winter and Night
 
“I’m hooked on P.J. Parrish. Nobody else creates such a compelling mix of real characters, genuine emotion, and fast-paced suspense.
Island of Bones
is her best yet!” Barbara Parker,
New York Times
best-selling author of
 
Suspicion of Madness
 

Island of Bones
opens like a hurricane and blows you away through the final page. It’s a major league thriller that’s hard to stop reading.”
 
Robert B. Parker,
New York Times
best-selling author
 
Praise for P.J. Parrish and THICKER THAN WATER (Nominated for the Anthony Award and the Shamus
Award!)
 
“Crisp prose and evocative descriptions of southern Florida set the tone for this grim mystery, but it’s the story’s sympathetic characters and sudden twists that will leave readers hungering for more.”
 
Publishers Weekly
 

Thicker Than Water
is that kind of book that grabs you and won’t let go. I absolutely loved it. You’re going to be hearing a lot more about P.J. Parrish.”
 
Steve Hamilton, Edgar and Shamus Award-winning
author of
Ice Run
 
“If you want to discover the hot new mystery writers, try the very best: P.J. Parrish.”
 
City Paper
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Praise for P.J. Parrish and PAINT IT BLACK
(Nominated for the Anthony Award and the Shamus
Award!)
 
“If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, this one will send you scurrying in search of them. A deft, fast-paced plot, knowledgeable writing on police procedures and an interesting lead character propel you through the book.”
 
The Miami Herald
 
“Absorbing . . .
Paint It Black
offers interesting characters, some nifty action, a couple of unusual murder weapons and, most important, a thoughtful examination of racial attitudes. Louis Kincaid continues to evolve as an interesting young man trying to come to grips with his past and future.”
 
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Praise of P.J. Parrish and DEAD OF WINTER
(Nominated for the Anthony Award and the Edgar
Award!)
 

Dead of Winter
is a wild ride with a really fine writer.”
 
John Sandford,
New York Times
best-selling author
 
“A suspenseful tale . . . Parrish’s latest will appeal to those seeking a fast-paced thriller propelled by a cast of charismatic characters.”
 
Publishers Weekly
 
“. . . fast paced . . . well conceived . . .”
 
The Chicago Tribune
 
“. . . offers a couple of well-timed surprises . . .”
 
The Sun-Sentinel
 
“An entertaining read worth your time.”
 
Mystery News
 
Praise for P.J. Parrish and DARK OF THE MOON
 
“Full of intrigue and edge-of-the-seat suspense.”
 
Michael Connelly,
New York Times
best-selling author
 
“A promising debut.”
 
Publishers Weekly
 
“A taut page turner.”
 
San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle
 
“Absorbing.”
 
The Chicago Tribune
 
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Copyright © 2006 by P.J. Parrish
 
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For all the mad housewives who weren’t
The wind doth blow today, my love,
 
And a few small drops of rain;
 
I never had but one true-love;
 
In cold grave she was lain.
 
 
I’ll do as much for my true-love
 
As any young man may;
 
I’ll sit and mourn all at her grave
 
For a twelvemonth and a day.
 
 
The twelvemonth and a day being up,
 
The dead began to speak:
 
‘Oh who sits weeping on my grave,
 
and will not let me sleep?’
 
 
—The Unquiet Grave
Arthur Quiller-Couch
 
CHAPTER 1
 
The Christmas lights were already up. He had the top down on the Mustang and he could see them as he drove up, a cluster of small white lights that someone had strung on the coconut palm in his yard. A stiff breeze was blowing in from the gulf, moving the fronds and sending the lights bobbing and dancing like fireflies on a hot summer night.

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