O'Neil De Noux
O’Neil De Noux writes in many genres, primarily realistic crime fiction, strong on setting, mostly New Orleans, featuring the accurate dialogue of the streets. He also writes scintillating erotica. His publishing credits include 15 novels, seven short story collections and over 300 short stories.
From contemporary to historical, De Noux uses several recurring characters in his New Orleans stories and novels: NOPD Homicide Detective John Raven Beau (21st Century); NOPD Homicide Detective LaStanza (20th Century); Private-eye Lucien Caye (1940s) and NOPD Detective Jacques Dugas (1890s).
A primary theme in De Noux’s fiction is the effect of violence on victims and their families as well as the sometimes debilitating effect of violence on law enforcement officers, private-eyes and their loved ones. As a former private-eye and currently a police investigator, De Noux knows his subject well.
De Noux’s stories span from mystery to mainstream, literary, suspense, thriller, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, erotica, humor, westerns, children’s fiction as well as cross-genre stories – erotic-detective, science-fiction mysteries and the like.
O’Neil De Noux’s “The Heart Has Reasons” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2006) won the Private Eye Writers of America’s prestigious SHAMUS AWARD for BEST SHORT STORY 2007. The SHAMUS is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction.
In 2009, the Short Mystery Fiction Society awarded the Derringer Award for Best Novelette to another Lucien Caye story, “Too Wise” by O’Neil De Noux (which appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s November 2008 Issue). The Derringer Award is given annually to recognize excellence in the mystery short form.
De Noux’s novel JOHN RAVEN BEAU was named the 2011 Police Book of the Year by police-writers.com. The website police-writers.com is comprised from a group of more than 1,100 current and former police officers who also write professionally and have published more than 2,300 books.
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The French Detective (Jacques Dugas New Orleans Mysteries)
This is New Orleans, 1900. A little Sicilian-American boy is kidnapped. There are no leads and no one wants to talk with the police. NOPD Det. Jacques Dugas assembles detectives, street cops, friendly Italians and a strikingly-pretty woman, part Corsican, part English, who happens to be an expert linguist. Pitted against a crime boss known as il Maiale (the Hog) and a terrifying henchman.
New Orleans Rapacious (Lucien Caye Private Eye Series)
Rapacious defined – aggressively greedy, ravenous, plundering, taking by force, subsisting on live prey.
New Orleans, 1947
It starts as a wandering daughter case when a sexy widow hires New Orleans Private Eye Lucien Caye to find her twenty-two year old daughter. The date is April 10, 1947, and Helen Croix walks into Caye’s office with a picture of her missing daughter...
For Love’s Sake
For over a hundred years, New Orleanians have settled affairs of honor at Dueling Oaks in the City Park (formerly the Allard Plantation). In the early years, none dare refuse a challenge. It was the Code Duello. This changed after the city became American.
3 Love Stories
Three love stories by New Orleans writer O’Neil De Noux
Cover art by Martha Landry
“Language of the Heart”
“Five Days Left”
“The Stuff of Dreams”
They Called Her The Gungirl (Lucien Caye short story)
September, 1947. A young brunette with dark brown eyes stands shivering in the rain, a pretty blonde poses in a bikini. There is also a desperate boyfriend and a murdered doctor – all drawing New Orleans Private Eye Lucien Caye into a case that may end with the first woman in Louisiana to be executed in the electric chair.
Backwash of the Milky Way (Planet Octavion Science-Fiction Adventures)
Eleven Science Fiction adventure stories, throwbacks to the pulp days of off-world exploration and colonization on a dazzling, mysterious, dangerous planet. Along the backwash of the Milky Way Galaxy lies a sun-kissed planet Earthlings call Octavion, a world of sparkling blue oceans, emerald green forests, bright deserts and blue-green lakes. The size of Earth, with a similar star for its sun.
The Blue Nude (LaStanza Novels)
Away from the horrors of homicide work and married to a gorgeous, wealthy woman, New Orleans Private Eye Dino LaStanza can pick and choose his cases. What starts as a simple missing person case, as photographer Ian Carnamendos seems to have disappeared, turns ugly quickly as the photographer’s clients begin receiving threats that the sexy pictures taken of them are about to go public.
LaStanza: New Orleans Police Stories
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.
A saga of the US Navy from the Barbary War of 1803 through the War of 1812.
In 1803, a young man joins the crew of what will become the most famous frigate of the early US Navy – USS Constitution. From the sands of North Africa during the first Barbary War, across the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean, we follow the exploits of a young American seaman, Alain de Noux.
City of Secrets (John Raven Beau novel)
Two months after Hurricane Katrina the New Orleans Police Department is as devastated as the city – police stations destroyed, mass desertions of officers, no reliable communications, a fraction of the force struggling to hold it all together. The slow process of rebuilding brings an influx of honest workers along with criminals eager to fill the void left when most of the thugs evacuated the city
New Orleans Homicide (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
NEW ORLEANS HOMICIDE – LaStanza Novel #6
Murder is no stranger to New Orleans and the Easter Weekend of 1986 is particularly violent, an elderly man brutally murdered on Good Friday evening, a young woman shot to death on Saturday evening, a middle-aged woman bludgeoned to death on Easter morning.
The Big Show (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
THE BIG SHOW – LaStanza Novel #5
This is New Orleans – 1985. A burning man stumbles in front of Det. Dino LaStanza’s police car. Doused with gasoline, the victim had been set afire with a flare gun. How did this homeless man manage to get murdered along the manicured lawns of the Garden District? Who was he? And who would commit such a vicious crime?
Crescent City Kills (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
CRESCENT CITY KILLS – LaStanza Novel #4
This is New Orleans 1983.
NOPD Homicide Detective LaStanza and his new partner, the long-cool-blond Jodie Kintyre, are called to the west bank of New Orleans where the bodies of two young women, hands bound behind their backs, bullet holes in the back of their heads, lay on the narrow strip of unkempt land between the levee and the river’s edge.
Blue Orleans (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
BLUE ORLEANS – LaStanza Novel #3
This is New Orleans – 1982
The case is not only a ‘whodunit’ but also a ‘whoisit’ - the case of a body dumped in a ditch along an isolated stretch of a deserted highway. The victim is shot in the back of the head, execution-style.
The Big Kiss (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
THE BIG KISS – LaStanza Novel #2
This is New Orleans – 1982. In Homicide, you’re only as good as your last case. Fresh from solving the Slasher Murders, NOPD Homicide Det. LaStanza must investigate a ‘floater’ pulled from the Mississippi River.
Grim Reaper (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
GRIM REAPER – LaStanza Novel #1
This is New Orleans - 1981. Police Detective Dino LaStanza’s first week in Homicide and he must handle the horrific murder of Marie Sumner, slashed to death on a quiet French Quarter street. LaStanza and his partner Mark Land work long, frustrating hours with no results.
Being Different Is Lonely … Until You Find Another Like You
A troubled, seventeen year old boy finally admits to himself he is different from other boys. Marc LeRoux is the finest athlete in his high school, but his abilities go far beyond what he’s demonstrated on the gymnastics team.
Desiree Blanc wants to be a gun-moll. Born into poverty in rural northern Mississippi, Dorothy Jellnick grew into an ash-blonde beauty. Everyone told her to go to Hollywood, show the movie people a real southern belle. She made it as far as Bourbon Street, New Orleans, where she became Desiree Blanc, a white hot stripper at Hotsy Jazz Club.
A Few Pieces
Homicide Detective Harry Roberts had seen a lot of bodies but nothing like the dismembered woman lying just outside a cemetery in the middle of the night.
Lonesome Little Blue
A Christmas Love Story for Adults.
Sam hasn’t seen Tyler in nineteen years but when she steps into the Klamath Hotel in the little town of Grayville, Kansas, nestled between the Big Blue and Little Blue Rivers, her blue eyes are just as lovely, just as warm
A haunting romance, an obsession with a beautiful woman, a thundering heart that feels as if it will burst is played out against the backdrop of Tchaikovsky and Bizet.
Bluegums (Lucien Caye Private Eye Story)
Sounds like an easy gig for New Orleans private eye Lucien Caye. Escort a pretty lady to the bayous to confirm her father had died accidentally. Gator got him.
The Naked Lady of Whispering Gulch
Whispering Gulch wasn’t much of a town. Didn’t even have a boot hill like Tombstone. On a dusty day, near the end of the 19th Century, a Pinkerton man arrives in Whispering Gulch on a wandering daughter case.
An historically accurate epic novel, BATTLE KISS chronicles the tumultuous events surrounding The Battle of New Orleans as the daughters of two Creole families realize their growing affection for several young men caught in the battle, young men vying for their love yet willing to sacrifice their lives for their new country.
FOR HALLOWEEN we offer two ghost stories for the price of one.
New Orleans Prime Evil
The prime evil faced by police officers in a city described in a local newspaper in the Nineteenth Century as Hell on Earth – is murder.
From the autumn of 1887 through the summer of 1891, New Orleans Police Detective Jacques Dugas investigates the most intricate cases of mayhem and murder –
She Gleeked Me (A Lucien Caye Private Eye Story)
The Date: September, 1947
The Location: Outdoor café in the seedy lower French Quarter of New Orleans.
The Players: Private Eye Lucien Caye and a fine-looking redhead in a tight, black skirt and a red blouse. Each are seated at a different table.
Death on Denial
Mr. Happer is pushing seventy, a skeleton-of-a-man with razor-sharp cheek bones, sunken cheeks and withered arms that gives him cadaverous appearance. Happer has the annoying habit of watching Agatha Christie’s DEATH ON THE NILE over and over again as he sits behind his desk.
The hardest part of committing a murder is getting away with it, especially when the case is assigned to a detective who is a relentless pursuer, a half-Cajun, half-Sioux investigator at the top of his game. The body of an elderly woman is discovered stuffed into her closet in her uptown mansion. Initial investigating officers find no leads, no suspects.
The Flying Lady Diner
A short story by Debra Gray De Noux and O'Neil De Noux. Set in 1948 – New Orleans private eye Joe Torres, on a wandering son case, pulls out of a rainstorm along US 90 and runs into a silver diner that looks like an oversized Airstream camper with a red and blue neon sign reading: Flying Lady Diner.
New Orleans Irresistible
Roam the steamy streets of America’s erotic capital where you’ll meet a hot temptress who just might be an hallucination, bored housewives getting nude massages in public, a private eye ogling some kissable cleavage, a deliciously dangerous trek on the wild side of town, a pair of erotic vampires, a conveniently windblown skirt and the legendary Gold Bug of Jean Lafitte.
John Raven Beau
Before Katrina – New Orleans is the murder capital of America and her troubled streets give rise to a cop who hunts killers with methodical, calculating precision, innate in a man half-Cajun and half-Sioux. While others lose their heads in the maddening hunt for a cop-killer, John Raven Beau focuses his instincts in the relentless pursuit of a murderer.
… a sexy caper novel with a kidnapping, an extortion, the filming of an erotic movie, bungling FBI agents, a savvy NOPD detective, a private-eye known as the most dangerous man in New Orleans, as well as the Lusca – a sea monster inhabiting the Atlantis Blue Hole outside Kemps Bay, The Bahamas.
New Orleans Nocturnal
NEW ORLEANS NOCTURNAL is a series of nine short stories featuring New Orleans Police Homicide Detective John Raven Beau. Half-Cajun and Half-Sioux, Beau is a relentless pursuer, a man who will track a killer across miles of dark streets, through swamps, wastelands, over rivers and bayous. He will never give up.
New Orleans Confidential
NEW ORLEANS CONFIDENTIAL is a series of 11 short stories. Come prowl the lonely, sometimes violent streets of American’s most exotic city, the city that care forgot, New Orleans in the 1940s, with a lone-wolf private eye named Lucien Caye.
New Orleans Mysteries
A collection of mystery stories set in New Orleans - 1940s Private-eye Lucien Caye, 1890s NOPD Detective Jacques Dugas as well as
NOPD Homicide Detectives John Raven Beau and Dino LaStanza (he’s back!). There are also a couple ghost stories, a maniac story, the gold bug of Jean Lafitte, a man with moon hands and a future-cop story with a guy named Max.
A Short Guide to Writing and Selling Fiction
How to write –
a short story,
great opening lines,
characters, conflict, plot,
titles, theme, point of view, person,
setting, dialogue, show – don’t tell,
structural devices, outlines, critiquing,
and the professionals of selling stories and novels.
A woman is murdered in her home shortly after her husband takes out a large insurance policy. Her husband is an assistant district attorney and the cops quickly catch the killer (a hobo); but the insurance company is suspicious and hires New Orleans Private-Eye Lucien Caye to look into the matter.
Sniffing out a Killer
The murder scene was inside Turenne’s Antique Jewelers, a narrow, stucco building on Royal Street in the old French Quarter. Det. John Raven Beau is sent to canvass the neighborhood and is shadowed by tourists and a black dog eager to help.
The Raven and the Wolf
He calls himself ‘The Wolf’ and he is cunning and ruthless and has gotten away with murder until he finds himself doggedly pursued by a most accomplished homicide detective – a man half-Cajun and half-Sioux, a predatory hunter of murderers, a man named John Raven Beau. Which one of these killers will kill again?
Nude in Magenta
A short story by Debra Gray De Noux and O'Neil De Noux. James and Helen have had many adventures, but few as exciting or as sexy as their pursuit of the lost masterpiece of Edgar Degas, his magnificent Nude in Magenta.
Set in sultry New Orleans (where else?) two operatives must use guile, sex appeal, deception and a touch of exhibitionism to locate art lost to the world for over a century
General Order No. 28
Official Proclamation, United States Army:
General Order No. 28. Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, May 15, 1862:
Fais do do
Something eerie is happening in the swamps of south Louisiana and journalist Jay Gatsby Jones, accompanied by photographer Jillian Jones (no relation), are sent from New Orleans to the bayous where they uncover an incredible secret. Cover Art by Dana De Noux
Cruelty the Human Heart
This story asks the question - How cruel are we? A law enforcement officer in a small Louisiana village learns a painful, illuminating lesson in human nature. Cover art by Vincent De Noux.
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