Early one morning, Times-Picayune crime reporter Nola Céspedes goes for her regular run in Audubon Park. More than the heat of the dawning New Orleans day, she’s trying to escape her growing unease with the man she's seeing. Instead, she finds herself at the scene of a crime--and she knows the victim: Judith Taffner, her former journalism professor at Tulane.

Not one to put much trust in the good old boys of the NOPD, Nola takes it upon herself to investigate. She discovers that Taffner was working on two explosive stories, both of which would shock even a city known for corruption. And when an apparently related murder occurs at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Nola realizes it's only a matter of time before she becomes a killer's next target.

Rich with details of New Orleans, Nearer Home features an original, tough heroine as fascinating and complicated as the city itself.



"Author Castro tells a good story and tells it well, with a whole lot of local color on a most colorful American city."  

~ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Readers first met Nola CÚspedes in Joy Castro's superb debut 'Hell or High Water' set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 'Nearer Home,' Nola discovers the murdered body of her journalism professor..."  

~ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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"Castro's writing pulses with the sights and sounds of the Crescent City, and Nola's gutsy character is a resounding high note."  

~ Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Castro's prose is clean and to the point, and she shows considerable affection for New Orleans. "


~ Publishers Weekly
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"...the steamy New Orleans setting coupled with Castro’s lush, sultry prose makes it a perfect read for a sleepless summer night."


~ Criminal Element
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"The murder of a New Orleans journalist sets off a battle between a reporter determined to tell her story and a shadowy opponent equally determined to keep the truth under wraps.... [Nola is] funny, flawed and formidable."


~ Kirkus Reviews
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