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Voodoo, Ltd.

(Arthur Case Wu #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The master of the crime thriller (New York Times Book Review) brings back the infamous team of Artie Wu and Quincy Durant in a fast-paced novel of murder, duplicity, and double-cross. Not exactly a private investigation agency, Wudu, Ltd.--or Voodoo, as the German entrepreneur Enno Glimm insists on calling it--is Wu's company which handles problems and renders services for ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Mysterious Press
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Yigal Zur
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
it is not the greatest plot but Thomas have so much charm in his characters that you don't put it down. it is witty, it is funny and Thomas is great in painting situations in lovely small episodes and he is clever. it is a smart noir with glimpses on Iraq war in the background. ...more
Sam Reaves
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ross Thomas wrote political thrillers, but that term doesn't quite capture what his books were about; he wrote about spies, he wrote about corrupt politicians, he wrote about con men and gamblers and reporters and other adventurers. What he really wrote about was disillusionment, the shock of ideals meeting the real and sordid world of money and power. A Ross Thomas novel is all about intrigue and betrayal.
This one, set in 1991 as the first Iraq war unfolds, features the ensemble characters who
Eric Bach
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could read 100 more Wu-Durant books. Thrilling, witty and impossible to put down. Everything you want in a noir-style thriller.
Jul 13, 2019 added it
It's Los Angeles during Iraqui War of 1991. Artie Wu's finances are low, so when German entrepreneur Enno Glimm (who pronounces Wudu, Inc as Voodoo, Ltd.) shows up offering money, Artie gathers the gang - Otherguy Overby, Quincy Durant, Georgia Blue (just out a Phillippines jail), and Booth Stallings - to go to Malibu where Ione Gamble is accused of killing her ex-fiancee millionaire Billy Rice. Gamble knows she was at Rice's house that New Year's Eve, but has no memory of the murder because she ...more
Craig Pittman
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third and, alas, final outing for Ross Thomas' tough and delightful soldiers of fortune, Artie Wu and Quncy Durant, and I was sad to see them go. The first two books, "Chinaman's Chance" and "Out on the Rim," are both funny and unpredictable. This one had some funny moments, but the plot is all too predictable, focusing on a murder mystery that's not much of a mystery.

A famous actress is accused of murdering her ex-fiance. She submits to hypnosis to help her recall what happened that
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why hasn’t anyone made a movie of these books? Artie Wu and Quincy Durant come to the rescue of Ione Gamble, actress, director and murder suspect. Of course they assemble a team that includes Georgia Blue and Otherguy Overby. I think I have to get a cat just so I can name it Otherguy Overby.
This book was slender, like That F’ng Durant and did not disappoint. It was less complicated than Out on the Rim, but nuclear physics is less complicated than the Rim. The only sad part of Voodoo Ltd. is tha
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great thriller by Ross Thomas, master storyteller. Interesting characters, good dialogue, murder, blackmail, and double crosses.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, fiction
Damn fine!
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun & well-written.
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was fun, but very unrealistic and a little difficult to follow. Artie Wu and his partner Quincy Durant take on a possible blackmail situation in Los Angeles involving an actress/director accused of murdering her wealthy ex fiance. Other characters include a female ex FBI agent who has just been released from jail in the Philippines. There are lots of deaths and fast action. It wasn't really clear to me why the German financier was funding the entire episode, but thousands of dollars ar ...more
R. Rasmussen
I'm now reading this book a second time. About 14 years ago, I read four of Ross Thomas's novels and liked them all. They're very intelligent, complex thrillers with well-rounded characters and fascinating plot twists. They're also set in Southern California, not far from where I live, so the familiar settings make them even more enjoyable to me. ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the greats. Thomas could put a story together and keep you reading until the sun comes up. He created mood, great characters, and told it the way it is. It's almost like a handbook for the real world and it's wicked ways. No wonder he was the head honcho for the Mystery Writer's of America. He could weave a yarn. ...more
Tina Myers
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quick, slick read with the snap that likens it to Soderbergh's Ocean's 11, and just enough cynical political commentary to know that Mr. Thomas spent his fair share of time in Washington. Thomas is an author for those who like questionable heroes who drink their whisky with a little bit of water, and rarely feel conflicted about a double-cross. ...more
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
As usual, Thomas's humor works on a number of levels, providing everything from tiny smiles to side-splitting laughter. The thing I love about his books is that they work as a quick read, because you can follow the plot and get some of the humor, but they also work as a slower read because there's so much subtlety in the plot and the comedy. Thomas sometimes even makes his punctuation funny. ...more
Dave Wallace
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Should be a 4.5 star but I don't know how to do that. Nobody beats Thomas for tight prose. Solid mystery story and the only things I disliked about it was it was set in the 90's and there was no McCorkle/Padillo banter; not that it lacked sarcasm. From any other author I may have gone with 5 stars. ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The inimitable Ross Thomas--murky situations, great characters, and snappy dialogue. Artie Wu and his merry band of mercenary friends try to sort out a blackmail attempt in Los Angeles. It's all a bit over the top, but who cares? It's fun. ...more
Michael P.
Sep 23, 2014 marked it as books-abandoned
As with the other Ross Thomas books I have begun and failed to finished, I am impressed by his technical skill as a storyteller, but have no interest in his characters or in the story Thomas tells. I lasted in this one for more than a third of the way, but giving up was a relief.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Classic Ross Thomas--crew of interesting, smart weirdos solving an amorphous problem with wit, violence and a certain disregard for the law. I will probably read every Ross Thomas book this year.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fine offering from a unique writer
Karenbike Patterson
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
A witty mystery involving 5 interesting characters who have worked together many times. The blackmailer was easy to spot but the original murderer was a mystery until the end. An easy summer read.
Xenophon Hendrix
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm sad that Ross Thomas was only able to write three books about Wu, Durant, and friends. ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
I only read about 40 pages and was just confused and bored. Now I see it's the 3rd in a series, so that makes sense. ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
While still a good read, Voodoo, Ltd. does not have the plot intricacies of Chinaman's Chance and Wu and Durant no longer have the novelty that was compelling in that first adventure. ...more
Ray Charbonneau
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Enjoyable, but it almost seems too easy.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1994, cassettes
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Ross Thomas was an American writer of crime fiction. He is best known for his witty thrillers that expose the mechanisms of professional politics. He also wrote several novels under the pseudonym Oliver Bleeck about professional go-between Philip St. Ives.

Thomas served in the Philippines during World War II. He worked as a public relations specialist, reporter, union spokesman, and political strat

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Arthur Case Wu (3 books)
  • Chinaman's Chance (Arthur Case Wu, #1)
  • Out on the Rim (Arthur Case Wu, #2)

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