New Orleans, 1840s. Sent to watch over the decadent city, the angel Gabriel loses himself in the liquid pleasure of absinthe. So when his mistress, Anne, is murdered—and all evidence points to him—a foggy Gabriel cannot be sure he didn’t do it. His penance: to be forever denied love. Then in modern-day New Orleans he meets forensic scientist Sara Michaels…
Not every book that I write pops into my head so cohesively as my May release, Fallen, did. It was September of 2006 and I was in New Orleans, reflecting on the slow but positive recovery of the city from Hurricane Katrina, when I walked into a bar on Bourbon Street and saw a man playing the keyboard. He had long, elegant fingers, and his eyes were closed, like he appreciated the music he was creating, and I instantly knew there was a story there. I wandered around the French Quarter with my friend, romance writer Kathy Love, and within two hours, we had the basic outline for what would become Fallen.
The second in my Seven Deadly Sins series, Fallen features the sin of gluttony, or addiction, which I see as the ultimate over consumption. Fallen angel Gabriel St. John loses himself in the throes of absinthe and opium in the nineteenth century and wakes to find his mistress murdered. Unsure if he is responsible for the heinous crime or not, he spends one hundred and fifty years trying to reconcile his morality with his sins. When a similar murder occurs in contemporary times, Gabriel contacts the victim’s daughter to see if modern forensics can solve both crimes, and ultimately exonerate him.
Sara Michaels is struggling to accept her mother’s death and to live with her own fears that somehow she too will become a murder victim. Traveling to New Orleans to work with Gabriel St. John is supposed to be a sabbatical, a way to achieve a sense of closure, but the instant chemistry between her and Gabriel is anything but peaceful. A recovering addict herself, she knows that their passion might lead them to the ultimate destruction.
Once you have surrendered to the obsessions that have stained your soul, how can you ever trust your heart to recognize love… once you have fallen?
I hope you’ll enjoy the second book in the series and appreciate the struggles and the ultimate happiness Gabriel and Sara achieve.
As an aside, the keyboard player on Bourbon Street has become a friend of mine, and is responsible for choosing the piano piece Gabriel plays for Sara in Fallen. It plays in the background of the book trailer for Fallen on my website, www.erinmccarthy.net, if you’re interested in hearing it.