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New York Times bestselling author Robert Asprin, with Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson, delves into the dark secrets of the New Orleans French Quarter in this suspenseful tale of murder and revenge, justice and unexpected courage.

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Robert Asprin, with Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson, delves into the dark secrets of the New Orleans French Quarter in this suspenseful tale of murder and revenge, justice and unexpected courage.

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Betty Webb
Asprin's sensuous descriptions bring the neighborhood alive with scents of hot asphalt, stale beer, sugared beignets, and bloated corpses. Temperance types might want to forgo its booze-soaked pages, but the only shortcoming in this love song to a cursed and blessed city is that (unlike New Orleans itself) it finally ends.
Mystery Scene Magazine
Diana Pinckley
The writing is not always well-crafted, but Del Carlo and Asprin clearly understand the bar scene. And they definitely get the neighborhood. Theirs is not a vision of wrought-iron balconies scented with jasmine. This late-night Quarter has its stomping boots on.
New Orleans Times-Pickayune
Julia Scott Douglas
The basic story is that when Sunshine is knifed with an ice pick in a dark alley, Maestro and Bone set out to find the killer. This leads them on a wild adventure in which they discover a lot about themselves, about each other and they find just how low the underside of the French Quarter really hangs.

So, I say, go ahead and check out NO Quarter. I think you'll enjoy it.
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Betty Webb
Asprin's sensuous descriptions bring the neighborhood alive with scents of hot asphalt, stale beer, sugared beignets, and bloated corpses. Temperance types might want to forgo its booze-soaked pages, but the only shortcoming in this love song to a cursed and blessed city is that (unlike New Orleans itself) it finally ends.
Mystery Scene Magazine
Diana Pinckley
The writing is not always well-crafted, but Del Carlo and Asprin clearly understand the bar scene. And they definitely get the neighborhood. Theirs is not a vision of wrought-iron balconies scented with jasmine. This late-night Quarter has its stomping boots on.
New Orleans Times-Pickayune
Julia Scott Douglas
The basic story is that when Sunshine is knifed with an ice pick in a dark alley, Maestro and Bone set out to find the killer. This leads them on a wild adventure in which they discover a lot about themselves, about each other and they find just how low the underside of the French Quarter really hangs.

So, I say, go ahead and check out NO Quarter. I think you'll enjoy it.
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Newsvine.com - Rhys Blavier
"... With this specific work, however, I think that Asprin gave us a literary first ... With his two books in his Dragon's series, Asprin created the French Quarter settings which he then also used as the setting for NO Quarter. Minor characters from the background of the Dragons series also appear in NO Quarter, including that of Maestro (a character Asprin based on himself) moving from a walk-on role in the Dragons books to a lead role in NO Quarter ..."
Strange Words - Rhonda Eudaly
"A young, blonde 'Quarterite' who has no enemies is brutally murdered. Her best friends want justice. The only way to find the killer is with the specialized skill set of a fencing instructor/pool shark known only as 'Maestro'. But that's the PRIMARY mystery, there's a secondary mystery--just WHO is Maestro? It's a satisfying romp through New Orleans' French Quarter's social scene ... Good Guys with shady backgrounds, crazy Bad Guys, and a dash of Voo Doo just to spice things up ..."
Mystery Scene Magazine, 2010 Summer issue, #115 - Betty Webb
"The true star of the novel is the French Quarter itself: historical, romantic, and dangerous. Asprin's sensuous descriptions bring the neighborhood alive with scents of hot asphalt, stale beer, sugared beignets, and bloated corpses. Temperance types might want to forgo its booze-soaked pages, but the only shortcoming in this love song to a cursed and blessed city is that (unlike New Orleans itself) it finally ends." - Mystery Scene
New Orleans Times-Pickayune, Sunday, April 11, 2010 - Diana Pinckley
"Del Carlo and Asprin clearly understand the bar scene. And they definitely get the neighborhood. Theirs is not a vision of wrought-iron balconies scented with jasmine. This late-night Quarter has its stomping boots on." - New Orleans Times-Pickayune
Book News and Reviews - Julia Scott-Douglas
"When I received this book from the friendly folks at DarkStar Books, I wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly didn't think it was going to be a crazy whirl-wind tale of murder and intrigue in New Orleans. ... when Sunshine is knifed with an ice pick in a dark alley, Maestro and Bone set out to find the killer. This leads them on a wild adventure in which they discover a lot about themselves, about each other and they find just how low the underside of the French Quarter really hangs."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981986609
  • Publisher: DarkStar Books
  • Publication date: 11/16/2009
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lynn Asprin was born in 1946. While he's written some stand-alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu, and The Bug Wars, Bob is best known for his series fantasy, such as the the groundbreaking Thieves World anthologies he created with Lynn Abbey and the Myth Adventures series, often coauthored with Jody Lynn Nye. Upon his return to his beloved New Orleans French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina, Bob began work on the second book in a new series (Dragons Wild, Dragons Luck, Dragons Deal) about a young man named Griffen McCandles who finds out he is a not only a great poker player, but also a dragon. The third book in the series, Dragons Deal, completed by Jody Lynn Nye, is due out Dec. 2010. NO Quarter, written in collaboration with Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson, is a spin-off related by setting and characters to the Dragons series.

Early in May of 2008, Bob went to sleep while resting and reading a Terry Pratchett novel, a sleep from which he did not awaken. His passing is mourned by his many fans and friends.
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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    'No Quarter' -- A Review of Robert Asprin's Last Book

    It was with mixed feelings that I picked up 'No Quarter', the last book completed by Robert Asprin before his untimely death last May, at age 61. I have been a fan of Asprin's work since 1977, when I discovered 'The Cold Cash War'. He quickly became one of the few authors for whom I would search for something new every time I went into a bookstore. So, reading 'No Quarter' would be more than simply reading a new book by a favored author; it would also be my "good-bye" to him. The question, at that point, was would this be his valedictory, like Spencer Tracy in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?', or his ultimate embarrassment, like Peter Sellers in 'The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'. Let me say right here that this is a book which he can be proud of.

    As with most of Asprin's work over the last decade or so, 'No Quarter' was a collaborative writing effort. Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson were his "partners in crime", as it were. I feel that is an appropriate way to describe their partnership because, unlike anything else written by Aspirin (that I know of), 'No Quarter' has no fantasy or science fiction elements in it. Set in New Orleans's famous French Quarter (Asprin's home for many, many years), it is a straight murder mystery (as a friend of mine put it "a hard-boiled mystery served over Easy"). Now, more books than I would care to count are set in New Orleans, both fiction and non-fiction, including "insider" books written, like this one, by residents of the French Quarter. With this specific work, however, I think that Asprin gave us a literary first. As with his creation of 'Thieves' World', the first "shared universe" specifically created for multiple authors to write within, Asprin has, for the first time (to my knowledge) set a book with no science fiction or fantasy elements in a world that he had first created for the setting of a fantasy series.

    With his two books in his 'Dragon's series' (his last two books written before 'No Quarter' AND, interestingly enough, his first two books written in a LONG time without any co-authors), Asprin created the French Quarter settings which he then also used as the setting for 'No Quarter'. Minor characters from the background of the 'Dragon's series' also appear in 'No Quarter', including that of Maestro (a character Asprin based on himself) moving from a walk-on role in the Dragon's books to a lead role in 'No Quarter'. While we can't really know what Asprin had planned, if he had any ideas of intertwining the two, I do believe that this is the first time a non-genre (science fiction / fantasy / horror) book has shared a universe with a genre universe.

    As for the book itself, I found it to be a very satisfying read. It uses first-person narrative structure, except that the narrative switches back and forth between two of the three main characters in succeeding chapters. The characters are very well developed and the mystery is compelling. The insider's view of The Quarter, of the places that only those who live there know, gives us a setting that is both familiar and unknown. The mystery itself gives you everything you need to know to work out whodunit, while, at the same time, keeping you from recognizing many of the clues so that the ending is surprising enough to reward the reader. I think that 'No Quarter' would be a worthy Edgar Award nominee.

    All in all, I am very happy with this book and am looking forward to readin

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