MYSTERY NOW: LASTANZA RETURNS!
WAVING THE FLAG FOR MY NEW ORLEANS DETECTIVE/AUTOR BUDDY O'NEIL DE NOUX.
His terrific Det. Lastanza novels, which have been too long out of print have just been released as e-books for the very affordable price of $1.99 for your Kindle, and his new Lastanza novel, New Orleans Homicide, has just been release for $3.99. If you love cop stuff, you owe it to yourself to give these a try.
De Noux is very prolific. As well as his LaStanza novels be sure to check out his police procedural series featuring NOPD detective John Raven Beau, and (my favorite of his characters) his novels featuring 1940’s New Orleans private eye, Lucian Caye.
Lots of great reading entertainment ...
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.
When another woman is slashed to death along Bayou St. John, the detectives bear witness to the carnage again. LaStanza feels even worse this time, almost useless. The media labels the killer ‘The Slasher’ and when he strikes a third time - murdering the daughter of a wealthy banker - LaStanza meets a young woman who changes his life.
Lizette Marie Louvier is an alluring, intelligent young woman, a dark haired, uptown beauty beyond LaStanza’s reach and yet the attraction between the two is undeniable.
The unrelenting pressure in the Homicide Pressure Cooker grows as LaStanza and his partners track a monstrous killer through the dark streets of the murder capitol of the U.S., hoping they can catch him before he kills again.
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. The bloated body with two holes in the head is the son-in-law of the La Cosa Nostra Boss Alphonso Badalamente. Sicilian-American LaStanza’s is in the middle of a Mafia slaying. LaStanza’s new partner, Paul Snowood, who dresses in cowboy get-ups, teases LaStanza with, “There goes your perfect record.” The killer is probably back in Detroit or Chicago or maybe China.
LaStanza keeps his date with Lizette Louvier (from Grim Reaper). The relationship of this working-class detective and the uptown daughter of the wealthy class grows slowly. That same evening the body of a young prostitute is found. LaStanza learns she was shot twice in the forehead, and has the bullets compared to the bullets from his victim’s. It’s the same gun, a .22 Magnum. The killer’s still in town and LaStanza must connect the victims to hopefully lead him to the murderer.
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.
A bone-tired NOPD Det. LaStanza identifies the victim then meets his victim’s seventeen year old daughter who is reluctant to talk at first, but when she does, she draws LaStanza to a Latin-American killing circle where he must build a case against drug importers and keep the daughter alive.
The ‘Electric Daughter’ is an alluring, beautiful, wired hellion, a drug user running wild in the streets. Her Electra complex with her father makes her want LaStanza to take her father’s place, when all he wants to do is put the ruthless murderers behind bars.
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 known as the batture. There are no witnesses, the only clue a lone set of muddy footprints leading away from the bodies. This was the work of one man.
LaStanza focuses all his energies on the case, identifying the victims as two prostitutes from the familiar streets of the New Orleans Police Sixth District, where LaStanza worked as a patrolman. The families of the victims won’t help. Their friends don’t care. The Police Administration doesn’t want overworked detectives spending time on the murders of two low-life street criminals who won’t even be missed by their families.
LaStanza and Jodie are all the dead women have left in this world and they are not about to abandon them.
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?
In every profession there’s a Big Show:
In the army it’s the Special Forces
In the Navy it’s the Seals
In baseball it’s the Major Leagues
In football it’s the NFL
In police work it’s the Homicide Division
Homicide - The big pressure cooker. The big cases. The big show.
This is New Orleans – 1986
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.
Homicide detectives, responding to the scenes, are again faced with sudden violence. Det. LaStanza, handling the first murder, feels a connection with the victim, a ninety-one year old Italian-American named Venetta. When asked by the victim’s family what are the chances he’ll catch the killers, he tells them one-hundred percent. “I always get them. Always.”
These 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.
ABOUT O’NEIL DE NOUX
Born in New Orleans, O’Neil De Noux is a prolific American writer of novels and short stories. Although much of De Noux’s fiction falls under the mystery genre (character-drive crime fiction primarily), he has published stories in many disciplines including mainstream fiction, children and young-adult fiction, science-fiction, suspense, fantasy, horror, western, literary, religious, romance, humor and erotica.
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 is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. De Noux is also the 2009 Derringer Award winner for Best Novelette for “Too Wise.” The Derringer Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in the short mystery fiction form.
In 2010, De Noux made a move to eBooks and print-on-demand books, teaming with other artists in the art co-op Big Kiss Productions and published Slick Time, a sexy caper novel, followed by collections New Orleans Mysteries, New Orleans Nocturnal, New Orleans Confidential, New Orleans Prime Evil and Backwash Of The Milky Way.
In June 2012, De Noux’s 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. A hyper-realistic crime story, John Raven Beau provides an intimate look into the beleaguered NOPD Homicide Division, a story that begins in the French Quarter and ends in a swamp, all within the city limits of America’s eternal city, a city that cannot be destroyed – New Orleans.
Earlier in 2012, after six months of intensive research and eighteen months of non-stop writing, O’Neil 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 2012, O’Neil De Noux was elected Vice-President of the Private Eye Writers of America.