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Murder in the Rue Chartres: A Chanse MacLeod Mystery (An Alyson Mystery) Paperback – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: An Alyson Mystery
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555839665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555839666
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Post-Katrina New Orleans provides the engrossing backdrop for Herron's third Chanse MacLeod whodunit (after 2004's Murder in the Rue St. Anne). The gay investigator returns to the battered city, determined to stay despite the devastation. Before the hurricane, Iris Verlaine, granddaughter of a local shipping magnate, hired Chanse to find her father, Michael Mercereau, missing for 32 years. But before Chanse could dig into the case, Iris fired him. Shocked to learn that Iris was shot and killed shortly before Katrina, Chanse agrees to help his friends, NOPD detectives Venus Casanova and Blaine Tujague, solve the murder. Joshua Verlaine, Iris's big brother, also hires Chanse to continue the search for Mercereau, though his grandfather disapproves. Uncovering a disturbing link between Mercereau and a tragic cold case from 1973, Chanse realizes he's stumbled onto something huge. Herron, a loyal New Orleans resident, paints a brilliant portrait of the recovering city, including insights into its tight-knit gay community. This latest installment in a powerful series is sure to delight old fans and attract new ones.
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About the Author

Greg Herren is the editor of Fratsex, and the author of Murder in the Rue Dauphine and Murder in the Rue St. Ann. He is senior editor for The Harrington Park Press and lives in New Orleans.

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GREG HERREN is an award-winning New Orleans author and editor. He writes two mystery series--the Chanse MacLeod and Scotty Bradley novels--and also writes young adult fiction.

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Very well written, the characters have depth, and the plot develops nicely.
Henri, psychoanalyst and winemaker, French-American
Greg Herren tells a great story, but this one really explains the anxiety, the heartbreak and the uncertainty that pervaded New Orleans life after Katrina.
M. Chambers
He unravels the mystery-element of the story with finesse and describes adjustments to the aftermath of the hurricane with insight and compassion.
Roger M. Olien

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on December 17, 2007
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Six weeks after the devastation Hurricane Katrina brought to his adopted hometown, New Orleans, private investigator Chanse MacLeod returns to try to resume his life there. Being one of the lucky ones, his apartment came through the storm relatively unscathed, but he is stunned and shocked by the surreal visions of what is left of the city and its formerly vibrant and joyful inhabitants.

Right before he left, he had been hired by Iris Verlaine, heir to a family shipbuilding empire, to find her missing father. While Ms. Verlaine subsequently canceled his contract before the storm, he still held her retainer check which he wanted to return to her. When he found out that she had apparently been murdered the same night that she called, he felt a need to look into that (and the missing father) to find closure at a time when very little in his own life seemed to make sense. Aided by Iris' brother Joshua, who rehired Chanse, and by his friends in the police department, Venus and Blaine, as well as his best friend, journalist Paige, Chanse uncovers a murder plot that encoumpases an unsolved arson at a gay bar, the unethical director of a nursing home, as well as how much greed and bigotry can tear apart a well-respected New Orleans family. In my opinion, it is Herren's best mystery novel to date, complete with fully-developed realistic characters pushing their personal agendas beyond any recognition of right or wrong.

But this is more than just a mystery novel. "Murder in the Rue Chartres" is also a love story ... showing the dedication of the residents of New Orleans to the spirit of their city, and the unfortunate emotional, psychological and substance abuse problems brought on post-Katrina ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd G. Kay on January 27, 2008
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Greg has written a first hand account of New Orleans during and after Katrina wrapped in an excellent mystery. It's very moving and makes one totally feel for the people of New Orleans and the failure of Bush and his Republican administration in this disaster. Anyone who votes Republican in the next election is asking for the same in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Fink on February 17, 2010
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A pot-smoking gay private eye returns to New Orleans post-Katrina to resume a missing persons investigation only to find that his client has been murdered. Is his original assignment the cause? An intriguing mystery which may have roots in a true forty year old unsolved hate crime coupled with descriptions of the hurricane-battered city make this an exceptional read. Highly recommended for all. (If you become curious about the historic event mentioned here, the 'net offers a lot of info; original national televised newscasts are available on YouTube.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Chambers on December 27, 2012
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Greg Herren tells a great story, but this one really explains the anxiety, the heartbreak and the uncertainty that pervaded New Orleans life after Katrina. One can tell that these were the authentic feelings of both the character and the author. The descriptions are wonderful. I felt like I was really there, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2010
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Directly after Katrina wounds New Orleans you see through the eyes of Chance how it felt to return. Also you find the town in need of Chance's skills to help solve some missing person cases and old forgotten cases. Greg has a talent of pulling me and not letting me go even after the story is over. This is a great exciting read that you need on your summer book list.
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Very well written, the characters have depth, and the plot develops nicely.
A great detective read.

It also tells the story of someone getting over the death of his lover… he is having to morn not only what he had with his boyfriend but also what he would have liked to have with him, had he himself been more able to love at the time..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulysses Dietz on August 5, 2012
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I have loved New Orleans for many years; but I have only known it as a tourist, and then, later, as a sort-of in-law to quite a group of people who lived there. Hurricane Katrina not only crushed a city full of happy memories for me, but upturned the lives of people who are part of my family.

The first two Chanse MacLeod mysteries were well-written and interesting; but the second of the series ends with a harrowing tragedy that left me reeling with shock and sadness. When I finally was able to look at the third book featuring Chanse MacLeod, I realized that I had to read it, because it brings Chanse back to his beloved New Orleans six weeks after Katrina did her worst. At least I knew going in that this wouldn't be easy.

The opening chapters, in which we ride with Chanse back into the city, having sought shelter with his late lover's friend Jude (with whom he has a failed relationship himself), we experience the return from unwilling exile in a series of slow reveals, each more poignant and moving than the last. Throughout the book there is a constant rediscovery of New Orleans through Chanse's eyes. It is sometimes painful, but always worth reading. For a stranger to New Orleans, it is an amazing way to get to know the city as she is now, through the eyes of one who loves her.

Oh, and plot. Herren writes smart, twisted, very New-Orleans-based plots. One learns the complex social relationships of this city as well as the darkest places in the human heart. And one learns about Chanse's own life, and those of his friends--particularly in this book--from his best friend Paige Tourneur, to his potential new romantic interest, Allen.
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