Come prowl the lonely, sometimes violent streets of American's most exotic city, the city that care forgot, New Orleans, with a lone-wolf private-eye named Lucien Caye. Unlike most 40s PIs, Caye rarely drinks, doesn't smoke or wear a hat (it messes up his hair). He's six feet tall with wavy, dark brown hair and standard-issue Mediterranean-brown eyes, a sly smile and a clever mind that often gets him into trouble. Caye lives and works in the run-down New Orleans French Quarter of the late 1940s.
"ATMOSPHERE, MURDER, AND NEW ORLEANS…"
"French Kissing", by Josie Jordan: Rachael is snowboarding in the French Alps with her boyfriend, Jake, when she falls into the arms of sexy lift attendant Mathieu. "An Argentinian Tango", by Troy Seate: Erotic relations in exotic locations find Jacob Smiley while he's trying to make like an American version of James Bond. "Romanesque", by O’Neil de Noux: What will you do if you’re taking photos of Romanesque statues in the ancient Roman Arena in Verona, Italy, and a buxom brunette steps in with a cameraman and pulls her top down to show off a hefty pair of luscious breasts and poses for him? Plus two more!
This is New Orleans - 1950. She crossed Canal Street from the neutral ground, walked right past Private Eye Lucien Caye, and he watched her come and go, both views unforgettable. A woman can do that on occasion, sear an indelible image in a man's mind. She remained a snapshot until a week later when she stepped from the darkness beneath the balcony of Lucien's building shortly after midnight, on a sultry Thursday night.
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 is in the middle of a Mafia slaying.
"Could not finish, Bronx accent in New Orleans?"
This is New Orleans - 1947. It starts as a wandering daughter case when a pretty widow hires New Orleans private eye Lucien Caye to find her 22-year-old daughter. Helen Croix walks into Caye's office with a picture of her missing daughter, Madelyn. She warns Lucien he'll be tempted when he finds the alluring strawberry-blond temptress. Madelyn Croix will most likely seduce him. Helen describes her daughter as rapacious. Lucien has to look up the word to discover it means avaricious, greedy, ravenous - subsisting on live prey.
It's 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 partners 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.
"Bad, bad, bad"
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, Homicide Detective John Raven Beau focuses his instincts in the relentless pursuit of a murderer.
"New Orleans streets are alive in John Raven Bea."
Whispering Gulch isn'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. Hired by the wealthy father who'd received letters from his daughter postmarked "Whispering Gulch", the Pinkerton man shows a photo around. Several old timers claim this could be the "nekked lady". Could this be a prank?
"A great author/narrator combo"
When 24-year-old twins Laurie and Joseph Ercolani inherit a bundle upon the death of their estranged father, they learn their sailing-enthusiast father also left each an identical sailing yacht. The twins have different ideas about what to do with their inheritance. Laurie sees it as an opportunity to fulfill her dream of making a movie. Joe sees it as seed-money for a get-rich-quick scheme.
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, Octavion is moonless with an oxygen-rich atmosphere, a planet of colors so vivid they amaze humans. During the day, the Octavion sun raises the temperature into the 90s Fahrenheit. With a nearly non-existent polar tilt, the seasons change so little, they are barely recognized.
"Love the planet Octavion"
Did an insulting decree spark the murder of a young US Army lieutenant in Yankee-occupied New Orleans? Or was it something else? Capt. Jason Bartlett, infantryman-turned-provost marshal investigator must wade through waves of Yankee anger and rebel animosity to solve the mystery.
"snippet out of time"