The "Cadillac" Holland Mysteries are a compelling mix of mystery, political thriller, and travelogue of one of America's favorite destinations seen through the eyes of a detective as battered as the city he patrols. Detective Holland has come home as a retired Special Forces and Intelligence operative and brings those specialized skills to bear on investigations that all too often place him squarely at odds with NOPD and the FBI's own way of doing things. It's why the Chief of Detectives only assigns "Cadillac" cases which are as unique and challenging as the detective's way of seeking justice and not just answers. Ghosts and Shadows will test the oath Detective Cooter “Cadillac” Holland swore to defend his home against foreign and domestic enemies when evil men from both sides of the border start a war on the eve of Mardi Gras, an election, and the first Super Bowl in Saints’ history. A shadowy operation has resurrected the blueprints for the classified operation that nearly got Detective Holland killed in Iraq now threatens to expose his own role in that disavowed mission. When the safety of Cooter’s friends and family is also put at risk, he is forced to call upon the skills and mind-set he had hoped to retire in order to keep the peace between local heroin dealers and a violent Mexican drug cartel, outsmart a defense contractor, and take on a loose-cannon Federal official willing to set a bloodbath in motion to cover the tracks of a deal gone bad.
H. Max Hiller’s relationship with New Orleans began with a job cooking in a cafe on Bourbon Street at the age of seventeen. He uses characters and anecdotes from his four-decades working at many of New Orleans’ iconic music and dining destinations to bring depth and realism to his writing. Though he no longer resides in New Orleans full time, he keeps to the expat creed to “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.” Max’s life is now divided between working as a chef on a boat traveling the inland waterways and the Victorian-era home he shares with his wife and a collection of rescue pets, which include a neurotic wolfhound/terrier mix and too many cats.