Pirate's Alley (Sentinels of New Orleans)
by Suzanne Johnson
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Review by Gayle Surrette
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765376978
Date: 21 April 2015 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Pirate's Alley takes place very shortly after the events of Elysian Fields. Drusilla "DJ" Jaco's home has been burned to the ground. She's been living in her Uncle Gerry's home but it is still without heat so she had to move in with her best-friend, Eugenie, because of the unseasonably cold weather in New Orleans.
DJ has barely had time to heal from her own wounds when things start to unravel big time. Eugenie is pregnant with Quince Randolph's child. The wizard's Congress of Elders think her child might destabilize the power structure and ordered DJ to force an abortion. The Interspecies Council is planning a meeting, or rather a trial, for the people involved in the attacks on DJ, Jean Lafitte, and several others. Alex, DJ's significant something-or-other, seems to be having a lot of problems with DJ's love of ambiguity. More importantly, the Congress of Elders seem determined to blame everything that's going wrong in New Orleans on DJ. But no pressure -- really, none at all.
With plans within plans, double crosses, revenge, and loyalties being challenged and stretched at every turn, Pirate's Alley is just what you'd expect if you've been reading the series.
If you've enjoyed the other books in the series, you'll enjoy this one and wonder just how long you'll have to wait to find out what happens next when you get to that last page. If you haven't read the previous books, you should start with the first book in the series, Royal Street, because there's a lot of political intrigue and power struggles going on and it's very hard to keep it straight if you come into the series cold.
DJ is a strong character in the best sense of the word. She wants to do the best job she can and she's willing to bend the rules to see that the right thing gets done, even if that isn't what she was ordered to do. She's made a lot of friends among the preternaturals but she's also made a lot of the members of the various power structures unhappy. She's walking a very dangerous tightrope and this book keeps the tension ramping up for her from the very beginning.