Fr. "Raff" Rafferty, a former NYPD cop, has been assigned by his bishop to an orphanage in India from which young girls have been mysteriously disappearing. Complications arise at a sacred Hindu ceremony in which a statue of the god Shiva, whose third eye is the world's largest ruby, is ritually bathed in the sacred lake by a revered holy man. When the holy man is murdered and the ruby stolen during the ceremony, Raff promises the beleaguered Maharajah that he will search for the holy man's killer, recover the ruby and find the missing girls. CURSE OF THE COBRA is crammed with foreign intrigue, colorful characters and hair-raising adventure.
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Curse of the Cobra is the sixth installment in Robert Josephs Raff Rafferty Mystery Series and for anyone who was hoping that Raff would once again be the central character in this story they're in luck!
Time has passed once again and these days Raff has transitioned from being a NYPD officer to a priest. His bishop asks him to look in on an orphanage in India where young women have been disappearing and if that wasn't enough a sacred Hindu status to the God Shiva was desecrated with a ruby being stolen from it and the holy man who took care of it ends up murdered.
Hot on a new case with no official capacity behind him Rafferty is once again in the thick of it. His vows to the Church keep him from falling for this installments female interest but it doesn't keep his mind off of her and you could cut the tension with a knife.
A fast paced murder mystery has Raff not only returning to the thick of it but doing so in style. I'm glad to see Joseph once...
Am hooked on this Raff Rafferty series. He gets around -- now he has a religious appointment in India, but wherever Raff goes, even a nunnery, there is sure to be murder and mayhem. Being a priest gives the hero flexibility -- he's still interested, but no romantic detours. Gives a nice tension sometimes, but he's very disciplined despite constant temptations from a femme fatale. Having known Hindus personally for years, seen photos and heard about the culture, I feel the setting is authentic, which gives the exotic storyline depth. The novel also conveys a sense of the newer, modern India, which lends immediacy to a setting that avoids the cliches of colonial India. The book moves fast, and before a scene is wrung dry, Wham, another exciting development and scenario. While some shockers are over the top, the book is great fun to read. The author has an extremely fertile imagination, and some scenes are so suspenseful and horrifyingly gory this seems like a movie. Sorry I'm...
Childishly written with an emphasis on repeating information over & over again to the point, that, I think I will be quizzed at the end to make sure I was paying attention.
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