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John Raven Beau [Kindle Edition]

O'Neil De Noux
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This novel is a realistic, character-driven police novel.

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 who ambushes police officers, John Raven Beau focuses his instincts in the relentless pursuit of a murderer.

Coming to the big city, New Orleans – the Paris of French Louisiana – John Raven Beau finds a houseboat on Lake Pontchartrain and a vocation with the NOPD. He makes good friends and does good work, yet his penchant for shooting people, people who give him no other choice, has made him stand out. He is a killer, blindly admired by rookies, avoided by veterans who have been on the job long enough to know a police officer who kills, especially who kills more than once, is an aberration.

Homicide Detective John Raven Beau is a relentless pursuer, a man who will track killers across miles of dark streets, through swamps, wastelands, over rivers and bayous. He will never give up. And he’s an excellent marksman who also carries an obsidian hunting knife. Claims that he’s scalped a few murderers is a persistent rumor.

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 my the mighty US Army. Lakota, the true name of his tribe, John Raven Beau is descended from the Oglala clan of Crazy Horse and Little Hawk ,whose blood flows through Beau’s veins. Like Crazy Horse, 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. In the midst of this horrendous case, Beau, a loner, meets an alluring, young woman with aquamarine eyes and a mind as sharp as his, a woman who draws him to her.

This story 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.

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About the Author

O’Neil De Noux writes in many genres, primarily realistic crime fiction, strong on setting, mostly New Orleans, featuring the accurate dialogue of the streets. He also writes scintillating erotica and science fiction adventure stories. His publishing credits include seven novels, five short story collections and over 300 short story sales. From contemporary to historical, De Noux uses several recurring characters in his New Orleans stories and novels: NOPD Homicide Detective John Raven Beau (21st Century); NOPD Homicide Detective LaStanza (20th Century); Private-eye Lucien Caye (1940s) and NOPD Detective Jacques Dugas (1890s). A primary theme in De Noux’s fiction is the effect of violence on victims and their families as well as the sometimes debilitating effect of violence on law enforcement officers, private-eyes and their loved ones. As a former private-eye and currently a police investigator, De Noux knows his subject well. De Noux’s stories span from mystery to mainstream, literary, suspense, thriller, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, erotica, humor, westerns, children’s fiction as well as cross-genre stories – erotic-detective, science-fiction mysteries and the like. His stories have been published in the US, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden and Ukraine. From 1993 to 2006, De Noux taught creative writing and mystery writing at Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Delgado Community College and McNeese State University. He is the founding editor of two fiction magazines, MYSTERY STREET and NEW ORLEANS STORIES. O’Neil De Noux’s “The Heart Has Reasons” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2006) won the Private Eye Writers of America’s prestigious SHAMUS AWARD for BEST SHORT STORY 2007. The SHAMUS is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. In 2009, the Short Mystery Fiction Society awarded the DERRINGER AWARD for BEST NOVELETTE to another Lucien Caye story, “Too Wise” by O’Neil De Noux (which appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s November 2008 Issue). The Derringer Award is given annually to recognize excellence in the mystery short form. In September 2009, O’Neil De Noux received an Artist Services Career Advancement Award for 2009-2010 from the Louisiana Division of the Arts for work on his historical novel BATTLE KISS, set during The Battle of New Orleans. JOHN RAVEN BEAU is the Crime-Writers 2011 POLICE BOOK OF THE YEAR.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Big Kiss Productions (March 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Crime Fiction January 19, 2013
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We stumbled onto O'Niel DeNoux's work through an interest in James Lee Burke and his Dave Robicheaux novels. We have now purchased 3 of his novels (2 LaStanza's and 1 Beau so far) and can't put his books down. We highly recommend his work!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love New Orleans April 4, 2012
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If you are a fan of O'neil De Noux, then you can't miss this one. New Orleans Homicide detective John Raven Beau takes you through the streets of The Big Easy and even into the muddy swamps of Louisiana trying to find a killer on the loose. A non stop action packed page turner till the very end. Yet another classic by O'neil De Noux.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one by Oneil! June 21, 2014
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Oh I loved this book. So much attention to detail. Made me taste feel and smell the surroundings every step of the way. A fabulous read! Can't wait for the next one...
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3.0 out of 5 stars a fun crime thriller August 4, 2013
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New Orleans is one of America's oldest & most exotic cities. Charming architecture, exotic names, exciting flavors, a true pirate town come to life. It is the perfect setting for this fun, fast paced crime thriller. An enjoyable read all around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining and Mostly Authentic June 2, 2013
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I almost deleted the book and was about to ask for a refund because I was so angry when I read a new version of the media-perpetuated myth that New Orleans is below sea level, this time couched in an even more offensive and less accurate assertion that the founding fathers built the city on land below sea level. Here are some facts: The city was originally built on land above sea level. None of the oldest parts of town ever flood. Over 50% of the populated areas of present day New Orleans are at or above sea level. Nearly all the parts that are not were first developed in the post-war boom shortly after World War II. Fortunately I cooled off from the heat generated by that particular hot button and kept on reading.

Uncharacteristically, I literally laughed out loud at the description of the fence topped with "Contadina" wire. Contadina is a brand of tomato paste that in the 1960s aired a TV commercial that went, "Who put 8 great tomatoes in a little bitty can? Contadina!" It's concertina wire, not tomato paste, that is used atop fences when more protection is desired than that afforded by regular barbed wire. Oh, and a fishing line isn't "taught"; it's taut. I've seen Kindle books with worse editing, though. This one had fewer problems than many in this price range, and these two bloopers added to my fun rather than detracting from it.

One of the very few false notes was that our hero's usual meal in Bucktown, home of some of the freshest seafood around, is a cheeseburger with fries. A shrimp or oyster po-boy, or a combination, or catfish, would be more credible.
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O'Neil De Noux

Born in New Orleans, O'Neil De Noux is a prolific American writer of novels and short stories. Much of De Noux's writing is character-driven crime fiction, although he has written in many disciplines including historical fiction, children's fiction, mainstream fiction, science-fiction, suspense, fantasy, horror, western, literary, religious, romance, humor and erotica.

At the World Mystery Convention 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 cover story of the September 2006 Issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine). The Shamus Award is given annually recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. "The Heart Has Reasons" features De Noux's private eye Lucien Caye. De Noux is also the 2009 DERRINGER AWARD winner for Best Novelette (stories between 8,001 and 17,500 words) for "Too Wise" - another Lucien Caye private eye mystery. The Derringer Awards are given annually by the Short Mystery Fiction Society to recognize excellence in the short mystery fiction form. Another De Noux story, "The Bonnie and Clyde Caper" featuring New Orleans Police Homicide Detective John Raven Beau was runner up in the Derringer Award Best Long Story category.

Recognizing the future of publishing, De Noux made a move to eBooks and print-on-demand books in 2010, teaming with other artists in the art co-op Big Kiss Productions. Slick Time, a sexy caper novel, was published by Big Kiss Productions via (CreateSpace print-on-demand and KINDLE). New Orleans Nocturnal is a collection of nine crime stories featuring John Raven Beau. Big Kiss Productions released the second edition of New Orleans Confidential, adding the two award-winning private-eye stories, "The Heart Has Reasons" and "Too Wise." Additionally, De Noux began selling previously published and unpublished short stories on Amazon KINDLE directly to the public as eBooks via his web site -

In 2010, De Noux's long-awaited erotic-thriller, Mafia Aphrodite, was published by British publisher Xcite Books.

In March 2011, the novel John Raven Beau was published by Big Kiss Productions, which was named 2011 POLICE BOOK OF THE YEAR by, 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. Also in 2011, the short story collection New Orleans Prime Evil (ten historical mysteries) was published.

In January 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.

In 2012, O'Neil De Noux was elected Vice-President of the Private Eye Writers of America.

Grim Reaper (Zebra Books, 1988)
The Big Kiss (Zebra Books, 1990)
Blue Orleans (Zebra Books, 1991)
Crescent City Kills (Zebra Books, 1992)
The Big Show (Pontalba Press, 1998)
Mafia Aphrodite (Xcite Books, 2010)
Slick Time (Big Kiss Productions, 2010)
John Raven Beau (Big Kiss Productions, 2011)
Battle Kiss (Big Kiss Productions, 2012)
Bourbon Street (Big Kiss Productions, 2012)
Mistik (Big Kiss Productions, 2012)
Enamored (Big Kiss Productions, 2012)
USS Relentless (Big Kiss Productions, 2013)
City of Secrets (Big Kiss Productions, 2013)
New Orleans Homicide (Big Kiss Productions, 2013)
The Blue Nude (Big Kiss Productions, 2013)
The French Detective (Big Kiss Productions, 2012)
New Orleans Rapacious (Big Kiss Productions, 2014)
Nude In Red (Big Kiss Productions, 2015)

Short Story Collections
LaStanza: New Orleans Police Stories (Pontalba Press, 1999)
Hollow Point & The Mystery of Rochelle Marais (Gryphon Books, 2000)
New Orleans Irresistible (EAA Signature Series Books, 2006)
New Orleans Mysteries (Big Kiss Productions, 2009)
New Orleans Confidential (Big Kiss Productions, 2010)
New Orleans Nocturnal (Big Kiss Productions, 2010)
New Orleans Prime Evil (Big Kiss Productions, 2011)
Backwash of the Milky Way (Big Kiss, 2012)

Non-fiction books
Specific Intent (Pinnacle Books, 1993)
Building Believable Characters - Contributing Writer (Writer's Digest Books, 1996)
A Short Guide to Writing and Selling Fiction (Big Kiss Productions, 2010)

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