Baronne Street

Baronne Street

by Kent Westmoreland


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Love sometimes means having to solve your ex-girlfriend's murder.

Burleigh Drummond, a fixer, ignores a voice-mail plea for help from his ex-girlfriend Coco Robichaux. She broke his heart when she dumped him, so why should he care? He goes about his job of manipulating the imbroglios of bluebloods and politicos. Still, Drummond misses Coco and regrets not answering her call.

The next morning he is rousted from bed by two extremely unpleasant homicide detectives with the news that Coco has been raped and bludgeoned to death. The detectives also share they have been instructed to do nothing about the case, but should he provide them with evidence...

As Drummond investigates he discovers Coco lived a clandestine existence in the city's netherworld and had been drafted as an unwitting pawn in a plot to disrupt the upcoming mayoral election. As often happens with pawns, she was sacrificed.

When threats cloaked as friendly warnings escalate to an old-fashioned beating, Drummond enlists a reputed mercenary, a black-separatist reporter, and a computer hacker to assist in his investigation and, eventually, revenge. As Drummond negotiates through the maze of deception and he finds himself at odds with his blueblood clients, the police chief, the mayor, and a gay crime syndicate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453702710
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/19/2010
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Kent Westmoreland drifted into New Orleans several years ago and immediately immersed himself in the dark underbelly of the city. He has been known to hang out with neo-Mafia types, cops, political flunkies, and the occasional blueblood. His associations with these unsavory types are the basis for his Burleigh Drummond fiction.

His award winning Burleigh Drummond short stories have appeared in the magazines Blue Murder, Tangled Web, Thrilling Detective, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

BARONNE STREET is his first novel. The follow up is in progress.

Kent lives in uptown New Orleans.

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Baronne Street 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This first novel by Kent Westmoreland introduced Burleigh [“Burr”] Drummond, and takes the reader on a wild ride down Baronne Street, home to, in less than equal parts, sleaze, beautiful women, horny men, free-flowing liquor, old money, drugs, prostitutes and corruption of all kinds. Shocking, to find all that in N’Awleens, right? A place where, among the tantalizing smells emanating from the wonderful restaurants, it takes “a little longer to identify the sickly sweet odor of unearned wealth.” Now a private investigator for three years, twenty-eight-year-old Drummond is hired by a beautiful, moneyed woman to find out why her husband is suddenly behaving in a ‘peculiar’ manner, paying him very handsomely for the privilege. The ensuing investigation turns up much more than either the client or Drummond bargained for, much of it very, very personal to the detective. He is assisted in his endeavors, as usual, by Morgan Cross, 35 years old and ‘the coolest guy’ he’d ever known, reputed to be many things [among them mercenary, hit man, and spy], and indispensable to Drummond. The latter has his own “special talent,” to wit, to “manipulate delicate situations discreetly and keep the consequences quiet.” A tall order in this case, as it turns out. This was a delightful read, with believable characters and terrific setting and dialogue, and one I highly recommend. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Burr Drummond and his New Orleans in the next book, one I certainly hope is in the pipeline.
Lydiadxi More than 1 year ago
I am rarely surprised by a book, but BARONNE STREET is one of the coolest, hottest mysteries I've read in a long time. Burleigh Drummond is a welcome addition to the long line of New Orleans crime fiction main characters - including my favorite writer O'Neil De Noux's Dino LaStanza, John Raven Beau and Lucien Caye. Burleigh is simply cooler and nicely flawed. Ladies will love this book, men as well.