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Redmann, J. M. (b. 1955)  
 
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At the beginning of Knight's investigation, someone tries to kill LaChance. The suspects are a varied group of people who can lose too much in the way of an inheritance if LaChance leaves his money to his child. Fighting for his life, LaChance is hospitalized in the ill-fated Baptist Memorial Hospital, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Helping Knight in her investigation is a journalist, Shannon Wild. She is visiting New Orleans with her lover, Dr. Lauren Calder, who is working temporarily in New Orleans with Knight's lover, Dr. Cordelia James. At first Wild and Knight do not get along. However, circumstances throw them together in ways Knight could never have imagined.

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As is common with mystery fiction with a continuous protagonist, the vicissitudes of personal relationships can be as important, if not more so, than the case at hand. Although Cordelia James is on the sidelines throughout much of this novel, her relationship with Micky Knight is nevertheless at its core.

And then there is Katrina. Knight's evacuation from New Orleans with Shannon Wild and then dealing with the aftermath of Katrina as she relocates takes up the last third of the novel. She does solve the mystery of who tried to murder LaChance and finds his child, but the real interest of Death of a Dying Man is how Knight deals with her relationship to Cordelia James amidst the debris Katrina has left in her wake.

Katrina also features in Water Mark (2010), Redmann's sixth novel. As this book opens, Knight has returned to New Orleans two months after Hurricane Katrina has destroyed much of the city. She is struggling with a serious depression brought on by the devastation of Katrina wrought on the city and by the discovery of Cordelia James's betrayal.

As she deals with the external and internal difficulties wrought by these two disasters, Knight discovers that a woman thought killed by Katrina was actually murdered more recently.

In 2003, Redmann co-founded Bywater Books. She soon decided, however, that she preferred to be a writer rather than a publisher. Although Redmann is no longer a principal in the publishing house, Bywater Books has reprinted all her books.

Redmann's "day job" is as Director of Education for New Orleans's largest AIDS organization, NO/AIDS Task Force.

George Koschel

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Cynical Dog. "J. M. Redmann, Author Interview." www.cynicaldog.com (1997): http://www.cynicaldog.com/original/redmann.htm

Hart, Ellen. "Ellen Interviews J. M. Redmann." www.ellenhart.com (2002): http://www.ellenhart.com/int_redmann.html

Guardino, Louise. "Spotlight Profile: J. M. Redmann." Sisters in Crime (December 1997): http://www.sinc-ic.org/spot1297.shtml

McGarrahan, Ellen. "Ed Wood, Dressed to Kill." San Francisco Chronicle (July 4, 1999): http://www.sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/07/04/RV45134.DTL

 

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    Author: Koschel, George  
    Entry Title: Redmann, J. M.  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2006  
    Date Last Updated April 27, 2012  
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