Seventeen short stories chronicle the life of a police officer from his days as a patrolman to a homicide detective back to his childhood when he caught his first killer at age eight.
The characters from the LaStanza novels are all here: Bob Mason, Mark Land, Jodie Kintyre, Paul Snowood, Felicity Jones and Stan the Man Smith (the world's greatest patrolman ever - just ask him). There are also women LaStanza will never forget from Xanthe to Cora, Regina, Guinnevere, Gabrielle and of course, Lizette.
Beyond stories of crime and murder are tales of lunatics, an airplane crash, a man with moon hands, a very nimble burglar, a wild horse and an icy Sicilian murderer whose body count ends in a sleazy New Orleans motel when Det. LaStanza is assigned the case.
Previous novels in the LaStanza series include:
Grim Reaper #1 - Lauded for its hyper-realistic description of homicide work, this novel begins the adventures of New Orleans Police Homicide Detective Dino LaStanza.
The Big Kiss #2 - Detective LaStanza is drawn into a deadly confrontation with an out-of-control La Cosa Nostra hit man.
Blue Orleans #3 - Throws LaStanza into the midst of a Latin American killing circle and the alluring, young daughter of a murder victim. This book received critical praise for its strong setting, compared favorably to the Bond novels of Ian Fleming.
Crescent City Kills #4 - Murder victims, dumped along a barren stretch of river batture in Algiers, have one ally left, an unrelenting Det. LaStanza who refuses to quit in his dogged pursuit of justice. This novel received critical praise for its gritty portrayal of police investigations.
The Big Show #5 - While pursuing a cunning rapist-murder terrorizing New Orleans, LaStanza and his partners are drawn into a racially-charged murder investigation. In Homicide, where few detectives work one case at a time, detectives push themselves to their limits to bring murderers to justice.
New Orleans Homicide #6 - The Easter Weekend of 1986 is particularly violent. Three murders are deliberate acts of violence. LaStanza and his partners begin a meticulous, relentless pursuit of the killers and will use whatever deliberate acts necessary to bring justice to the victims and their families.
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About the Author
In 2007, The Private Eye Writers of America awarded its prestigious SHAMUS AWARD for Best Short Story to "The Heart Has Reasons" by O'Neil De Noux. The Shamus Award is given annually recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. "The Heart Has Reasons" features De Noux's private eye Lucien Caye. De Noux is also the 2009 DERRINGER AWARD winner for Best Novelette for "Too Wise" - another Lucien Caye private eye mystery. The Derringer Awards are given annually by the Short Mystery Fiction Society to recognize excellence in the short mystery fiction form.
De Noux joined other artists in the art co-op Big Kiss Productions to release SLICK TIME a sexy caper novel, NEW ORLEANS NOCTURNAL is a collection of nine crime stories featuring John Raven Beau. In March 2011, the novel JOHN RAVEN BEAU was named 2011 POLICE BOOK OF THE YEAR by Police-Writers.com, a group that boasts of 1153 state and local law enforcement officials from 485 state and local law enforcement agencies who have written 2504 police books.
In January 2012, De Noux published BATTLE KISS a 320,000 word epic of love and war set against the panorama of the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. So timely is the book, released as the bicentennial of the War of 1812 arrives, Mr. De Noux received an Artist Services Career Advancement Award from the Louisiana Division of the Arts for his work on BATTLE KISS. Also in 2012, Mr. De Noux's first private eye was published. ENAMORED, a novel of obsession and murder, is set in 1950 New Orleans Another crime novel, BOURBON STREET, set in 1947, was released in 2012, along with the young-adult superhero novel MISTIK. In 2013, O'Neil De Noux was elected Vice-President of the Private Eye Writers of America. Web page is: http://www.oneildenoux.net
On January 1, 2013, the long-awaited new LaStanza New Orleans Police Novel NEW ORLEANS HOMICIDE Series novels are:
#1 GRIM REAPER
#2 THE BIG KISS
#3 BLUE ORLEANS
#4 CRESCENT CITY KILLS
#5 THE BIG SHOW
#6 NEW ORLEANS HOMICIDE
The second John Raven Beau novel, CITY OF SECRETS was released in April 2013.