Murder in the Rue Chartres

Murder in the Rue Chartres

by Greg Herren

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Life--and death--don't stop for disaster in the Big Easy.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina,, Chanse MacLeod struggles to reclaim his life in a shattered New Orleans. Unfortunately, his last client before the storm was murdered the very night she hired him to find her long-missing father. Determined to see the case through, he is drawn into a web of intrigue and evil that proves to be as devastating as Katrina.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014187442
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Chanse MacLeod Mysteries , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 399,091
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

Greg Herren is a New Orleans-based author and editor. Former editor of Lambda Book Report, he is also a co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, which takes place in New Orleans every May. He is the author of ten novels, including the Lambda Literary Award winning Murder in the Rue Chartres, called by the New Orleans Times-Picayune “the most honest depiction of life in post-Katrina New Orleans published thus far.” He co-edited Love, Bourbon Street: Reflections on New Orleans, which also won the Lambda Literary Award. He has published over fifty short stories in markets as varied as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine to the critically acclaimed anthology New Orleans Noir to various websites, literary magazines, and anthologies. His erotica anthology FRATSEX is the all time best selling title for Insightoutbooks. Under his pseudonym Todd Gregory, he published the bestselling erotic novel Every Frat Boy Wants It and the erotic anthologies His Underwear and Rough Trade (to be released by Bold Strokes Books in 2009).

A long-time resident of New Orleans, Greg was a fitness columnist and book reviewer for Window Media for over four years, publishing in the LGBT newspapers IMPACT News, Southern Voice, and Houston Voice. He served a term on the Board of Directors for the National Stonewall Democrats, and served on the founding committee of the Louisiana Stonewall Democrats. He is currently employed as a public health researcher for the NO/AIDS Task Force.

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Murder in the Rue Chartres (Chanse MacLeod Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
BrianEWilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a particularly good mystery novel; rather it is a lament for the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Private detective Chanse Macleod returns home to New Orleans several weeks after the hurricane has passed to complete work on a case he was given the day before the storm. His client was murdered prior to the storm's arrival so there's some initial question about whether he will continue with the assignment. He decides to carry on with it , more or less to give himself something to do while he decides whether to stay in New Orleans or move elsewhere. This book can be a placeholder in the series, if the author wants to continue with it. At the end of the book (after the mystery is solved), it is ambiguous whether there will be another book. Macleod decides to stay in New Orleans so there is the basis for the series to continue.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book Report: There is no escape from the past. It supports us, if we're lucky; it drags us down from otherwise attainable heights, if we're not. This third installment of Herren's Chanse MacLeod mysteries reinforces this sad, inescapable lesson in a harsh and cruel and painful way, only for once it's not Chanse that does most of the suffering. Hired to look into a 32-year-old disappearance by the daughter of a vanished father, Chanse ends up fired before he can so much as cash the check...and then his client turns up dead. Odd, that...and her in the throes of planning her wedding? Something smells fishy to Chanse, who returns her retainer check in person to the dead woman's older brother. Surprise there: Chanse now has a much larger retainer check and a new client who wants the same job done. In short order, Chanse meets the patriarch of this singularly unlucky clan; loses his new client to what he is morally sure is murder; breaks up with his rebound guy, a nice-but... that he met in the last book; has a quickie with an old friend, newly single; and learns that his hag/best friend is leaving post-Katrina New Orleans. To finish her book, she says.Rest assured, though: The right people end up in the right places and Chanse, for a wonder, actually unthaws his cryogenically preserved, battered, bruised, and broken heart, resolving to live his life and not simply exist in it because he's not dead yet.My Review: New Orleans post-Katrina is a grim backdrop for this outing. I suspect in many ways anyone who has written about New Orleans since 2005 has written out of a sense of atonement, or expiation, or making things right, because after all they're alive and so very many aren't any more. Chanse comes home from a stay in Dallas to find that he's lost nothing in the storm or the flood; his friend Venus lost everything, for example, as did so many. The hero of a mystery series needs obstacles to make him more interesting that simply a crime-solving computer. The obstacles here, well, they're pretty grisly...driving around and seeing those horrible, horrible "X"s showing where bodies were found...refrigerators abandoned as far from homes as possible so they won't add to the mold problems, and adorned with anti-government slogans...well, this leads Chanse to a minor breakdown. No duh.I am not, at heart, a New Orleanian. I got out of the car in 1975 and said, "Jesus, what a dump." Nothing in all the time since has made me think anything different. I don't miss going there, and wish our friends from there would come here to visit. But the city is one of the world's most popular destinations, and it's got a certain raffish charm that shines through in these books. I still don't want to go there. But I like the Chanse MacLeod character's development and growth, and I like the secondary characters like Paige, his hag, and Venus, the tall and elegant lady detective; who knows, maybe Herren has let us see a glimmer of hope for Chanse to have a shot at boyfriendly bliss!Kinda doubt it, though. Remember what happened to "Moonlighting" when Cybill Shepard and Bruce Willis finally got it on?
Othniel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new Chanse MacLeod mystery. Greg Herren is a New Orleans author, and Murder in the Rue Chartres is his first post-Katrina book. Although Herren is usually light, gay fiction mystery reading, this book is taking me some time, as one would expect. The anger of a New Orleans native directed toward Bush and FEMA expressed through his characters is palbable.Chanse is a gay detective and Herren a gay author, but the book itself is str8-friendly.
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Up to 100 pages of an insight to the disastrous effects of hurricane Katrina, on the city of New Orleans, it's people, the problems they face of going home or having no home to go back to, and the outrageous lack of support from our government to help it's own, that no one can truly understand, unless they witnessed it in person, not on TV. Chanse is deputized by the police department to investigate a burglary, and uncovers some deep, dark, horrible secrets of a very proud, prominent and powerful family from the Garden District, and also the truth behind one of New Orleans' hate crime 30 years after it was swept under the rug. I really liked this book, and am looking forward to the next MacLeod book G. Herren has coming out!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Private Investigator Chanse MacLeod has finally gone home to his beloved New Orleans, but though he has seen the news clips as the mass destruction of Katrina, he is still stunned with what happened to the city. Not long after returning he learns that his last client Iris Verlaine before the Hurricane was murdered on the same night she had hired him.--------- Chanse feels obligated to accomplish Iris¿ assignment to find her long time missing father. He also feels obsessed to find out who killed Iris. However, not only is the city different his late client¿s family oozes charm that makes the detective feel welcome and therefore wary.-------------- Chanse is terrific as he sees the horror of Katrina in many ways while traveling the city. Little thinks like street signs and known landmarks are gone. The two mysteries are cleverly designed to bring out post Katrina New Orleans in a way few tales have been bale to do. To fully comprehend Chanse¿s shock compare MURDER IN THE RUE CHARTRES to his previous Big Easy cases (see MURDER IN THE RUE DAUPHINE and MURDER IN THE RUE ST. ANN).-------------- Harriet Klausner
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Kate seems to have been locked out of every book she's ever posted in. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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