O'Neil De Noux

Biography

O’Neil De Noux (born in 1950 in New Orleans, LA) is a prolific American novelist and short story writer. Although most of De Noux’s fiction falls under the mystery genre, critics describe his work as character-driven crime fiction. He has published stories in many disciplines beyond the mystery, including historical fiction, children’s fiction, mainstream fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, western, literary, religious, romance, humor and erotica.

De Noux credits writer friends in New Orleans (including George Alec Effinger, as well as mentor Harlan Ellison in Los Angeles) help him become a critically acclaimed mystery writer and instructor of writing classes at several universities. De Noux has influenced a number of published writers at the beginning of their careers. His police procedural novels and mystery stories have been lauded for their hyper-realism, sharp dialogue and strong use of setting, primarily New Orleans. He has also carved a niche with his genre-blending fiction, mixing erotica with mysteries, science-fiction and humor.

Early Life
De Noux was born on State Street in New Orleans, LA, to a mother of Sicilian descent and father of French descent. Educated in Catholic schools like St. Mary of the Angels, Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Prompt Succor, De Noux was brought up Catholic. His father, O’Neil P. De Noux, Sr. (1928–1997) was in the U.S. Army. Consequently, the De Noux family traveled extensively. An army-brat, De Noux lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and Italy before his father retired and returned to New Orleans in 1966.

While in Italy, De Noux began his life-long love of books and movies. Reading a book a week from the army post library, he saw just about every Hollywood movie produced between 1960 to 1963 at the post theatre. The only exceptions were Hitchcock’s Psycho and the James Bond movies, which his father deemed inappropriate for a pre-teen. He was able to see Psycho at age thirteen, which drew him to greatly admire, and later closely study the works of Alfred Hitchcock. As a youngster, De Noux’s favorite writings were the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey and the We Were There series of young-adult novels, his favorite - Were There At The Normandy Invasion by Clayton Knight. He quickly moved on to the Horatio Hornblower novels of C. S. Forester.

On November 22, 1963, while home from school with a fake headache, De Noux watched the TV coverage of the assassination of his hero, President John F. Kennedy, an event which changed his life dramatically. Awakening to the dramatic social changes occurring in the south in the 1960s, De Noux grew to admire Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.

Influence of his Family
The trauma of Vietnam visited the De Noux home with telling effects as his father, set to retire in 1965, volunteered for service in Vietnam. A criminal investigator for the C.I.D., O’Neil, Sr. was promoted to provost marshal first sergeant of the First Infantry Division and followed his combat tours in World War II and Korea (where he received three purple heart medals) with a tour in Vietnam. Shot outside Saigon by a Viet Cong sniper, O’Neil, Sr. suffered bruised ribs but no gunshot wound when his bullet-proof vest stopped the bullet. Learning he would not receive a fourth purple heart because he did not shed blood for his country in this shooting, O’Neil, Sr. threw away the flak-vest, declaring, “Next time I get shot, I’m getting another purple heart.”

His father retired from the U.S. Army and brought the family to live in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, where De Noux returned to Catholic School at Archbishop Rummel High, where he graduated in 1968. Upon earning a gold certificate as a top English student, De Noux, a faithful Marvel Comics fan, listed Stan Lee as his favorite author (to the chagrin of the Christian Brothers). While at Archbishop Rummel, De Noux added H. G. Wells, George Orwell, J. D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway to his list of favorites (after Stan Lee). Reading Ray Bradbury’s The Martain Chronicles drew De Noux to science-fiction and inspired him to begin writing. During the next few years De Noux penned twenty of the worst science-fiction stories ever written. He still has the stories and goes back to them to remind himself just how badly he could write.

De Noux’s father, a strong influence in his life, rose through the ranks of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to command the Crime Scene Division. Upon graduating from high school, De Noux joined the sheriff’s office as a police cadet, attending Loyola University New Orleans where he studied criminology.

Military Service
Leaving the sheriff’s office in 1970 to join the F.B.I. as a clerk, De Noux was promptly drafted into the U.S. Army for service in Vietnam. While awaiting shipment to Southeast Asia, angry at being a second-generation to serve in Vietnam, De Noux was shocked when his shipment was cancelled as the gradual reduction in forces began. From California’s Fort MacArthur, De Noux was stationed at the U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

His army MOS was Photographer: Combat Still. De Noux took run-of-the-mill army pictures while expressing himself creatively with black-and-white still-life photos, winning several Best Photo Awards. In later years De Noux’s photos adorned the covers of several fiction magazines, as well as the covers of many of his books and short stories. While at ‘Mother Rucker’ De Noux earned a Bachelor’s Degree in European History from Troy University.

With his father a war hero, De Noux felt he’d succeeded in his military service when he was signing out of the army and met his company commander for the first time. His captain declared, “What have we here, a new man?” To which De Noux responded no, he was leaving the army. “How long have you been in my company?” asked the captain to which De Noux advised eighteen months. An article in Stars-And-Stripes topped De Noux’s military career as it explained how he managed three years of honorable military service without anyone noticing he was there. This followed De Noux’s earlier election as Senior Most Likely to Remain Anonymous at Archbishop Rummel. By this time, De Noux’s affection for science fiction drew him to “New Wave” authors Roger Zelazny, Samuel R. Delany, James Sallis, and Harlan Ellison, his new favorite writer. He read everything available by Ellison and renewed his pursuit of writing science-fiction with the same results – bad stories, badly written.

Early Police Career
For the next three years, De Noux served as criminal intelligence analyst for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center in suburban New Orleans. While working the nightshift, De Noux abandoned his dream of becoming a successful science-fiction writer. He turned to mysteries and began working on what became a five hundred page, single-spaced manuscript, a disjointed series of stories featuring his first literary creation. Instead of following other New Orleans writers who focused on characters with French surnames, De Noux tapped his mother’s side of the family to create his Sicilian-American cop hero, NOPD Patrolman Dino LaStanza. The manuscript depicted the escapades of a patrolman with no central plot. Too episodic, the only encouragement De Noux received from editors was praise for the realistic dialogue and strong use of setting.

From 1977 to 1980, De Noux was a uniformed patrol officer for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the most rewarding working experience of his life. When promoted to the Homicide Division, De Noux found his calling and finally discovered what he should write about. An exceptional career as a homicide detective followed in which De Noux solved every murder where he was lead investigator (fifteen) and assisted in over fifty other homicide investigations. In 1980 De Noux completed the Homicide Investigation curriculum at The Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville.

Earning seven commendations, De Noux was named Homicide Detective of the Year in 1981. Shortly after, he was transferred from Homicide, banished to a quiet police district when a new sheriff was elected. Offered a lucrative position as chief investigator at a private investigative firm, De Noux worked as a P.I. for the next eight years. Freed from working double shifts with the sheriff’s office, De Noux sat down to pen a homicide novel in 1986.

Writing Career
Turning Patrolman LaStanza into a homicide detective, De Noux completed Grim Reaper, which was immediately purchased by Zebra Books. Four subsequent LaStanza novels followed, The Big Kiss, Blue Orleans, Crescent City Kills and The Big Show. Lauded for their hyper-realistic portrayal of police homicide work, the LaStanza Series received critical acclaim for its sharp dialogue and fast-pacing. In 1999, a short story collection, LaStanza: New Orleans Police Stories (Pontalba Press), received an 'A' book-review rating from Entertainment Weekly magazine. De Noux adapted one of the LaStanza stories “Waiting for Alaina” into a screenplay, which was filmed in New Orleans and broadcast on local TV in 2001.

With the release of Grim Reaper, De Noux met George Alec Effinger, a talented science-fiction writer living in near obscurity in the French Quarter. Effinger’s first book in his Budayeen Series, When Gravity Fails, was just released. A strong friendship developed as Effinger encouraged, then taught De Noux how to write short stories. When Effinger introduced De Noux to his literary idol, Harlan Ellison, De Noux found his mentor. Ellison, the award-winning grand master of speculative fiction took De Noux under wing and remains a strong influence in his writings. In an article about writing, voracious reader De Noux stated, “I read all the time. Then I go back and read Ellison to cleanse my palate, like good wine.”

Effinger also introduced De Noux to another of his “New Wave” heroes, James Sallis, who had just begun writing his New Orleans mystery series of Lew Griffin novels. Sallis later penned the introduction to De Noux’s collection New Orleans Confidential. Sallis's poem "Eternal Return" provided the title of De Noux's novel City of Secrets.

Shortly after accepting De Noux’s story “The Desire Streetcar” in 1991, for their Pulphouse: Fiction Spotlight, the legendary publishing house, Pulphouse Publishing of Eugene, Oregon, offered De Noux a position where he trained as an editor. De Noux became the founding editor of two short-lived fiction magazines, Mystery Street and New Orleans Stories. He also succeeded in selling his first science-fiction short story.

Returning to New Orleans in 1992, De Noux began a long association with Louisiana colleges, teaching writing classes (creative writing, short story writing, mystery writing and science-fiction writing) at Tulane University (1993–1997), the University of New Orleans (1998–2005), and Delgado Community College (2004–2005). In 1993, De Noux’s non-fiction book Specific Intent, a lead title from Pinnacle Books, became a main selection of the Doubleday Book Club. This true-crime book detailed the intricate police investigation of a murder case which shocked south Louisiana. By the end of the 20th Century, De Noux had sold nearly two hundred short stories and had written articles for The Writer Magazine, The Times-Picayune newspaper, Gambit Weekly and Police Magazine.

Return to Law Enforcement
In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, severely damaging De Noux’s home, he relocated with his wife (Debra Gray De Noux, editor of the anthology Erotic New Orleans) to Southwest Louisiana. Taken in by generous patrons of the arts, Anne and Dr. Lee J. Monlezun, De Noux taught mystery writing at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, in 2006. Nearly a year to the day after Hurricane Katrina, De Noux resettled across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans in St. Tammany Parish. The economic crunch in which he found himself after the hurricane also necessitated his returning to law enforcement as a police investigator at a Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond,LA. De Noux retired from SLU in 2017.

De Noux married Debra Gray De Noux in 1992. They have collaborated on a number of short stories and she is the model for many of the covers of De Noux's books and stories. Debra is the force behind Big Kiss Productions. O’Neil has two children from a previous marriage - Vincent De Noux (artist and sculptor) and Dana De Noux (artist painter). O’Neil describes them as his greatest collaborative effort.

Never Stopped Writing
In March 2006, his short story collection, New Orleans Confidential, featuring N.O. Private Eye Lucien Caye, was published by PointBLANK Press (Holicong, PA). This collection of 1940s noir stories received rave reviews. From Publisher’s Weekly — “an engaging, fast-paced collection of stories featuring private eye and womanizer extraordinaire Lucien Caye as he tracks philandering husbands, possible murderers and missing cats … these stories-abounding with ample bosoms and willing women-are fun, and the author knows his stuff when it comes to the Big Easy.”

Cementing his niche in genre-blending, De Noux’s collection of erotic detective stories, New Orleans Irresistible, was published by EAA Signature Series Books in May 2006. One story in the collection, “Death on Denial,” previously published in the critically acclaimed anthology, Flesh & Blood: Guilty as Sin, edited by Max Allan Collins and Jeff Gelb (Mysterious Press) had been chosen for the Best American Mystery Stories 2003 Collection (Houghton Mifflin).

De Noux is also the creator of two additional recurring characters, 1890s New Orleans Police Detective Jacques Dugas and contemporary NOPD Homicide Detective John Raven Beau. These characters, along with Dino LaStanza and Lucien Caye, have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including top mystery magazines such as Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and Crimewave (UK). John Raven Beau, half-Cajun and half-Sioux, is prominently mentioned on several Native-American Detective web sites.

Recognizing the future of publishing, De Noux made a move to eBooks and print-on-demand books in 2010. The long-awaited erotic-thriller, Mafia Aphrodite (sold to Orion in 2006 but abandoned when the NEON line of books was canceled) was published by British publisher Xcite Books. A sexy caper novel, Slick Time, was published by Big Kiss Productions, followed by New Orleans Mysteries, New Orleans Nocturnal, the novel John Raven Beau and the second edition of New Orleans Confidential (which includes the two award-winning private-eye stories, “The Heart Has Reasons” and “Too Wise”). Taking control of his career, De Noux and wife Debra (now his business manager) lay out the books, create the covers and control the pricing of the books. Additionally, De Noux began selling previously published and unpublished short stories on Amazon KINDLE directly to the public as eBooks via his web site - http://www.oneildenoux.com.

O'Neil De Noux's prolific output has never slowed - the collection New Orleans Prime Evil was followed by the publication of his first private eye novels New Orleans Rapacious and Enamored featuring Lucien Caye, followed by a third in 2016 - Hold Me, Babe. De Noux also publiched a crime-susplense novel Bourbon Street, a superhero novel Mistik and a collection of science fiction stories, Backwash of the Milky Way. The release of the long-awaited new LaStanza novel New Orleans Homicide and the re-issue of the entire series backlist of LaStanza novels. The publication of the seventh LaStanza novel The Blue Nude, which took LaStanza from homicide detective to private eye, was followed by the publication of LaStanza novels The Long Cold and Saint Lolita. De Noux also released a second John Raven Beau novel City of Secrets (an after-Katrina novel) a third Nude in Red and a fourth The Great Beau.

In 2017, O'Neil De Noux moved into another genre with the release of Lucifer's Tiger and Lucifer's Falcon, secret agent superhero novels.

Historical Fiction
“There is one book I was meant to write,” O’Neil De Noux says. "It is the historical epic set during the Battle of New Orleans." Haunted by the battlefield in Chalmette since childhood (he lived in nearby Arabi for ten years), De Noux penned the 320,000-word novel Battle Kiss in 2011, and followed it in 2013 with USS Relentless, a 230,000-word historical saga of the US Navy during the age of sail and set during the Barbary War of 1803 through the War of 1812. The historical mystery The French Detective followed. In 2016, De Noux published another historical novel, Death Angels, set during World War II.

Now in the 21st Century, De Noux lists his literary influences as (alphabetically): Paul Bishop, Michael Bracken, Max Allan Collins, Bernard Cornwell, George Alec Effinger, Harlan Ellison, Ian Fleming, John Floyd, Ken Follett, Allan Guthrie, Thomas Harris, Greg Iles, Alexander Kent, Elmore Leonard, H.P. Lovecraft, C. L. Moore, James L. Nelson, Jeff Shaara, James Sallis, Adriana Trigiani and Kate Wilhelm. He has also developed a particular affinity for mystery writers B.J. Bourg, Frederic Brown, Howard Browne, James M. Cain, David Dodge, Loren Estleman, Channing Hayden, Robert S. Levinson, Wade Miller, Marcia Muller, Max Phillips, Bill Pronzini, Dayne Sherman, Kent Westmoreland, Harry Whittington, Charles Willeford, Charles Williams, Cornell Woolrich and Dave Zeltserman.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Beyond the fat cat is my iMac where I write every day. I've a lamp and external speakers so I can listen to rock and roll while I write. There's also an external hard drive. The notes on the book I'm writing is on my desk and at the moment there is a large volume of CHRONICLE OF THE 20th CENTURY which has news articles from each day of the century, from January 1, 1900 through December 31, 1999. On the wall overlooking my desk are original oil paintings we used on the cover of 7 of my books and a photo of Elmore Leonard I took and he autographed.
When did you first start writing?
In high school I tried writing science fiction. Wrote SF short stories through my college years. Wrote some of the worst SF stories ever written. But Ray Bradbury tells us to write and write. We all have 100,000 bad words in us. Get them out of the way. I did and when I became a homicide detective, I knew what I was supposed to write about.
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Series

John Raven Beau
JOHN RAVEN BEAU awarded 2011 BEST POLICE BOOK of the YEAR by Police.Writers.com 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. John Raven Beau is a man conflicted. Half-Cajun – he believes life should be enjoyed, believes life should be approached with a sense of humor. Let the good times roll. Half-Sioux – he is bedeviled by the past in which his people fought other tribes for centuries to be eventually defeated the mighty US Army. John Raven Beau is descended from the Oglala clan of Crazy Horse and Little Hawk ,whose blood flows through Beau’s veins. Beau is known for his prowess, determination, reckless courage, a man skilled at close combat. John Raven Beau must be fearless, must be cunning, ruthless on occasion, but remembers he is part of the good earth.

John Raven Beau

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Books

Dame Money (Lucien Caye New Orleans Private Eye Series Book 4)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,890. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
The cases come quickly to New Orleans Private Eye Lucien Caye. 1. Catch a cat burglar too slick for the police to catch. 2. Look into the case of a dipso business man accused of murder. 3. Help a teary-eyed woman solve the murder of her uncle. 4. Take a pro-bono case of vandals terrorizing a nearby neighborhood. All this while juggling a home life that includes raising an 8-year old daughter...
Effect on Men
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Two stories for the price of one. Both 2017 Derringer Award Finalists. Derringer Awards are given annually by the Short Mystery Fiction Society to recognize excellence in short mystery fiction. Effect on Men and A Just Reward
The Great Beau (John Raven Beau Book 4)
Series: John Raven Beau. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,580. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
The mysterious death of an elderly man draws NOPD Chief Inspector John Raven Beau into a complex case involving priceless art, stolen Nazi loot, a dead deerhound, a haughty countess, a ruthless killer and featuring the irresistible NUDE IN RED woman. Bang. Bang. The shocks keep coming when a priceless cache is found hidden in an uptown attic.
Saint Lolita (LaStanza Series Book 9)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,080. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
ASSIGNMENT: Go to a Caribbean Island with a gorgeous, flirtatious blond FBI agent posing as your wife and recover le Cerise — the largest red diamond in the world, stolen by Nazis during World War II. Why LaStanza? Why a private eye? The FBI has failed, so has the Sureté and Interpol. Only LaStanza can identify the suspected thief.
The Marriage Swindler: A Lucien Caye short story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,750. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Two women calling themselves ‘wives-in-law’ hire Private Eye Lucien Caye to find their missing husband. They unknowingly married the same man and want him found. It doesn’t take long for Lucien to discover this marriage swindler married seven women in New Orleans and is about to marry number eight. When you mix seven jilted wives with a lothario – you have a recipe for murder with Lucien Caye in t
Death Angels
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,630. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
In Nazi occupied France during the autumn of 1943, an alluring young woman, two French resistance fighters and an American agent are brought together by the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Their code names are the names of archangels, including Samael, the angel of death. They call themselves Death Angels.
Mafia Aphrodite
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Lucy Incanto is hot. At twenty-three she is about to inherit a fortune – money, property and the family business – the Incanto Family – La Cosa Nostra, Mafia. The lone offspring of Boss ‘Big Luke’ Incanto, who is dying in a hospital bed, the life of this pampered, porcelain-doll Mafia Princess is about to change.
In a Lady's Eyes: A New Orleans Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A lady park ranger at the Battle of New Orleans National Park spots a man in a British army uniform at 2 a.m. He stands next to one of the cannons and she thinks he’s one of those re-enactors who come to re-enact the battle every January 8th. She approaches and fog moves in and he’s no longer there.
The Long Cold (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,380. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Thirty years ago, fourteen year old Lenore San Luna was murdered. Unsolved, her case was long forgotten until her cousin Gina Badalamente, daughter of the boss of the New Orleans Mafia, approaches the one man La Cosa Nostra may tolerate to look into this case – former NOPD homicide detective Dino LaStanza.
K Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Less than a month after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a bigger bitch of a storm – Hurricane Rita slams into Louisiana just west of the city. Some of the levees are breaking again. Streets are flooding. A young man jumps off a five-story hotel in the French Quarter with a suicide note in his pocket. NOPD Homicide Det. Jodie Kintyre reads the note which instructs her to go to an address
Tracks of Shining White
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Planet Octavion, a bright blue-green orb that lies along the backwash of the Milk Way, is magnificent in its beauty – from the Cobalt Sea to the Cinnamon Hills, from the Spearmint Forest to the Majestic Blue River. Its beauty masks incredible dangers from diverse, indigenous fauna and flora. Even the peaceful Terra Cotta Plateau masks deadly secrets.
The French Detective (Jacques Dugas New Orleans Mysteries)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,570. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
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)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,420. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Historical » USA
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,600. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Short 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)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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.
LaStanza: New Orleans Police Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,340. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short 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.
City of Secrets (John Raven Beau novel)
Series: John Raven Beau. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,060. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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
Down on the Pontchartrain (A John Raven Beau short story)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The worst hour is the last before getting off because anything can happen when you’re a homicide detective. NOPD Det. John Raven Beau, sneaking home just before knocking off the midnight watch, catches a murder case within walking distance of his houseboat. The body of a waitress from one of the restaurants lining Lake Pontchartrain is found strangled beneath an oak tree in a parking lot.
New Orleans Homicide (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,340. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,570. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,290. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,040. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,760. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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)
Series: LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,930. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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.
Mistik
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,130. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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.
Bourbon Street
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,800. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Historical » USA
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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
Murder Intermezzo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(2.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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.
Battle Kiss
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 321,240. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Hauntings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
FOR HALLOWEEN we offer two ghost stories for the price of one.
She Tried To Sit On My Lap While I Was Standing Up
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,200. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Could the case of body-guarding the wild daughter of a wealthy invalid be connected to five brutal murders in uptown New Orleans?
New Orleans Prime Evil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,130. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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.
21 Steps
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,700. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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
Series: John Raven Beau. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,070. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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.
Slick Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,590. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
… 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,420. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,770. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,930. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,860. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
How to write – a novel, 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.
Tenderless Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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?
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