B. R. Laue (1951-) was born in Worland, Wyoming and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 12. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with majors in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Philosophy, he has been employed in the financial services industry for forty years and owns a Registered Investment Advisory firm. His detective series, The Steve Cannon series of novels, is set in Las Vegas in the mid-1960's. The series won an award in the 2017 Kindle book contest and an IPPY award in 2018.
The Steve Cannon series take place in Las Vegas in the 1960's. How familiar are you with that era?
Very familiar as it turns out. I moved there when I was twelve years old in the summer of 1964. I lived there until the summer of 1971, so in effect, I came of age during the period covered by the novels.
What made you decide to write the Steve Cannon series?
I like detective stories and I also like ones that have a definite sense of place. I was reading a novel that was one of a series that took place in Paris, which is a city I am fond of, so it was natural that I would be attracted to it. However, I found it rather unreadable, at least for my sensibilities. I mentioned this to my wife, who simply said: Why don't you write a better one? I thought about it for several days and Steve Cannon as a private detective in the golden age of Las Vegas just seemed to fall into place.
Number four in the Steve Cannon series, 'Knights of Nauvoo' finds Steve trying to solve the murders of several church elders. He is forced to go on the lam by a corrupt police official and is furthered hampered in his efforts by a mythological cult from the church's past. A fast paced thriller set in Las Vegas in 1965, 'Knights of Nauvoo' is a look inside Sin City murder and corruption.
The third book in the Series. Steve Cannon must set aside his WWII prejudice to find a young Japanese baccarat dealer that has gone missing from a casino that has been recently taken over by a vicious mob group. In the process more then one ghost from WWII is dredged up.
The first book in the Series, 'Vegas Wash' is a 2017 Kindle Book Award winner. Steve Cannon, private detective, fights crime and solves dead cases in 1960's Las Vegas. Often caught between the mob and the cops, Steve must walk a thin line in the ever changing landscape of Sin City.