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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575663120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575663128
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Stella Cameron's French Quarter is an entertaining and suspenseful romantic thriller that offers something for everyone: murder, passion, lust, greed, organized crime, and political ambition, all skillfully blended and served up with a Cajun flair.

In contemporary New Orleans, beautiful and talented former Miss Louisiana Celena Payne is thrown into an uneasy partnership with Jack Charbonnet when a mutual friend, Errol Petrie, is killed. As the two slowly piece together a complex puzzle of murder and intrigue, Celena fears for her safety as enemies begin to emerge, including her own ne'er-do-well parents, an ambitious politician with his own plans for her, and the vicious gangsters linked to Jack through his parents' mob connections. Her growing feelings for Jack are mingled with a distrust that she must overcome, while Jack's own tormented past just may keep him from Celena's arms.

For readers who like their murder mysteries enlivened with a touch of steamy romance, French Quarter is a fast-paced and engaging choice. The perfect summer read. --Lisa Wanttaja

From Publishers Weekly

Mystery, more than romance, defines Cameron's (The Best Revenge) appealing if conventional first outing into hardback romantic suspense. Peopled by standard types?growling mob boss, simpering drag queen, pushy newspaper gossipmonger, unscrupulous evangelists, conscienceless politicos?in a cartoon New Orleans, the novel nonetheless succeeds in weaving a taut web of murder and sexual liaisons (the latter sometimes played out in dog-ear-worthy pages of steamy lust). Jack Charbonnet, part owner of a riverboat casino, is thrown together with a former Miss Louisiana, Celina Payne, when her boss, Errol Petrie, is murdered. Jack's wife died four years ago in murky circumstances; Celina is pregnant after a rape by a man whose identity she conceals. Their decision to marry, for respectability's sake, long precedes the predictable resolution of their mistrustful relationship and the more interesting exploration of the connections among Celina's parents, Errol's spiritual guides and Senate-hopeful Wilson Lamar. Cameron's exploration of family?from mob loyalty to parental betrayal?lends a certain thoughtfulness to the work.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Stella Cameron is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. With over fourteen million copies of her books in print, Cameron is now turning her pen to mysteries and independently publishing COLD, Introducing Alex Duggins. She draws on her English background for this new, already critically acclaimed mystery series. Atmospheric, deeply character and relationship driven, COLD reveals the power of old secrets to twist the present. Cameron's reputation for using her backgrounds to add tension and allure to her stories is heightened again.

Cameron is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington with her husband Jerry, her Papillon Millie, black cat Zipper, and a cheeky little tabby named Jack.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stella does not write of tame events or mild emotions. The sex is explicit and some times edges into the kinky. If you are looking for a "sweet" read, look elsewhere. If you like a twisted plot, strong, multi-dimensional characters, and a gripping story, I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I own many of Stella Camerson's books, some where great reads and other's a great disappointment. Not so with FRENCH QUARTER. This is a fabulous book telling the love story of Jack Charbonnet and Celena Payne. Their story is filled with murder, suspense, humor, and a passionate love. Both characters grow throughout the book, learning to trust and depend on one another. Jack's daughter Amelia is a wonderful little girl whose rare adult intelligence is amazing. Other characters such as Dwayne, whose humor is absolutely comical, and Celina's brother, Cyrus, a sexy priest, are also intriguing additions to the story. This is a wonderful read. You'll love it. Trust me!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dallas Calhoun came to Decline, Georgia seeking a confrontation with Rae Maddy, the woman he believed to be the mistress of his brother-in-law and who jointly embezzled funds from the family company. He is a bit shocked when he meets Rae, who is a tough fighter who has made a decent life for herself and her child. He is even more stunned when she denies any knowledge of his charges. Instead she tells him that she thought John was her legal spouse, who traveled a lot selling refrigerator parts.
Rae visits Dallas' home base in Glory, Texas, determined to learn the truth about the person she thought was her husband, the man who died in a mysterious plane crash. As Rae searches for the truth, Dallas trails right behind her, observing everything she does. These two enemies soon find themselves attracted to each other. However, before the pair can explore a relationship, there are people in Glory who will do anything, including kidnapping a little girl, to keep them apart. Rae and Dallas risk their lives to rescue her beloved child.
Stella Cameron's contemporaries are always steamy romances with an Alpha hero that is impossible to resist and THE BEST REVENGE fits that model to a T. The sexual tension is so torrid, readers can see the hot vapor rising from each page. However, there is a lot more to this novel than sexy love scenes. The multi-layered story line is so complex, the audience is constantly kept off balance, unable to stop reading until the book is finished. Ms. Cameron is at her stellar best with this classy tale.
Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "mariedodson" on September 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Stella Cameron book I have read. I was very impressed. I loved the hero, Jack, and he definitely had the sensualness of a southern Cajun man. The suspense was sustained throughout the book and I literally did nothing for a whole day until I finished reading it. And it is truly a nail biter!
Marie from Ohio
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on March 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stella Cameron is an author that I frequently read, and like many of her books, the real strength of this story is in the plotting. Lots of interesting twists and a surprise (pretty much) ending. It's very readable with good pacing and a plot that propels you along, BUT... My problem is with the characters-- I agree with other reviewers that the romance between Hero/heroine was not believable because he was too much of a jerk in the beginning and through much of the middle. Also, I had a very hard time with the total absence of the child throughout the story. In fact, the story could easily have been told without the child, IMO. I felt that the villains were painted a very monochrome black-- no redeeming human characteristics for a more complex emotional involvement on the part of the reader. And I have to say that Cameron frequently uses "deviant sex" to both titillate the reader and label the villains as BAD. I enjoy sensual novels, but I am getting tired of this technique.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
French Quarter drips with the humid and romantic atmosphere that is New Orleans. Stella Cameron serves it this up with the mystery and intrigue that are her hallmark. Celina Payne is a former beauty queen with a painful past and a dark secret. Hiding that secret becomes more difficult when her employer dies in a sudden and compromising manner. Celina believes in the vision of the late Errol Petrie: Dreams, a company that funnels money from the wealthy to make the wishes of sick children come true. Celina will do her best to keep Errol's foundation alive. Should the way in which Errol died become public, the elite upon whose funding Dreams relies might spend their money elsewhere. Jack Charbonnet is Errol's best friend and a major benefactor of Dreams. When Jack's wife died he was left with questions surrounding her death and a young daughter to raise. As a child Jack's parents' were brutallly murdered. Jack has been on the long, patient road to revenge ever since. Jack wants to preserve Errol's good reputation but at the same time will not allow Celina's secrets, and he is sure she has secrets, to get in the way of his life's work. Can two people with troubled pasts fill the voids in each other's hearts and souls? Can two people survive when powerful and ruthless people decide it is time for them to be silenced forever? If you did not pick this up in hardback, don't miss the paperback. Don't plan on sleeping until you finish reading it either.
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