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T.R. Heinan was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota and developed his love for history during his five years at Marquette University. After a brief stint as a journalist in Massachusetts, Heinan began a career in investment banking specializing in the airline and motion picture industries. His retirement years have been devoted to writing and to serving orphaned and homeless children at a Mexican orphanage that he helped to establish. L'Immortalitè is his first book-length work of historical fiction. He is an avid traveler and was inspired to write about Delphine Lalaurie during one of his many visits to New Orleans, Louisiana. Heinan now resides in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and two cats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Nonius LLC (September 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615634710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615634715
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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A Novel By T. R.HEINAN

Nonius LLC 2012 128 pages

No one suspects that the extravagant mansion of Dr. Louis Lalaurie and his lovely wife, Delphine, while holding extravagant balls for privileged guests, also hold a horrific secret behind the walls. The doctor, with the help of his wife, inflicts painful, hideous experiments and torture on their slaves -- tortures too despicable to mention."The suffering caused behind those walls was so horrible, so horrific that it pierced the fabric of immortality and still haunts this house today."

The young lay sacristan, Philippe Bertrand, finds himself drawn to Madame Delphine and her house of aberrations and macabre practices. The Catholic Church in New Orleans during this time in history is an odd mixture of African and Caribbean voodoo arts as well as Christian saints and angels. Voodoo Queen Marie Leveau attends mass regularly and devoutly. She finds a blue velvet pouch containing a relic which the Bishop notices near the altar and insists that Philippe throw out. Once Marie sees its contents she understands at once what she must do. Marie is also responsible through her voodoo magic for making Madame Delphine appear 10 years younger than her 58 years. But now she demands more - "eternal flame", and that's when things start to turn ghastly, for Marie Laveau is much more than she appears to be.

When Madame Delphine asks Marie to give her immortal fame she has no idea what this entails -- yet the voodoo Queen complies. Watching the Madame viciously horsewhip her slave girl, Elise, she goes into a rage.
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This novel is an exciting mixture of fact and fiction and it is hard to know which is which. L'Immortalite brings to light, once again, the brutal nature of slavery. Set in New Orleans, Louisiana, where a family of rich white slave owners torture, mutilate, and murder many of their own slaves and cast terror into the hearts of the others in their captivity. Mr. Heinan introduces us to Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, who gives aid and comfort to a runaway slave, and faces a death sentence if she is caught. The author creates a graphic picture of a corrupt society that cannibalizes itself and is doomed to failure. Well done, Mr. Heinan, I could not put this book down.
Mary Firmin, author Deadly Pleasures.
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This is a fictional story woven around the true history of Delphine Lalaurie whose desire for immortality came true, as her name will always be linked to the history of New Orleans. She beat and mistreated her slaves and sanctioned her husband's gruesome experiments in the name of science. Their antebellum mansion in the French Quarter has been preserved and today is said to be one of the most haunted houses in New Orleans, where the cries of the tortured and dismembered slaves can still be heard.
The story revolves around Phillipe Bertrand, the Saint Louis Cathedral's lay sacristan and the kindly Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and their combined efforts to save a slave child and end the torture to the other slaves in the mansion.
The book is filled with hidden innuendo. Bertrand lives in a yellow brick house where today a yellow brick building actually exists, on Pirate's Alley, which becomes a metaphorical brick road for him. He gives the runaway slave girl Elise bread, and later pours her wine.
Marie Laveau practices voodoo but is also a regular member of the Catholic Church, and in reality, New Orleans is probably the only place in the world where the two come together today.
The story moves at a fast pace and is hard to put down.
The characters from the book are soon to be used by the hit TV series American Horror Story.
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It's been awhile since I've read a book where I got angry with my life for getting in the way of me finishing a book in one sitting.

I was amazed at how Mr. Heinan put as much detail as he did into such a compact book. I have never been to New Orleans and the pictures and his ability to describe scene helped me to understand the physical, emotional, and mental settings of the story.

I hadn't heard of Delphine Lalaurie or Marie Laveau before reading L'immortalite. After reading it I want to know more of the history and rumor surrounding both women.

One would assume the book would focus on just the two women and the other characters would be flat, but I felt I knew all of the other characters surrounding the legend as well as madam Lalaurie and Marie Laveau, no matter how minor the character seemed to be.

The grizzly detail of the legend, the horrific acts, and the way T.R. Heinan described them sent chills up my spine. I found myself cringing from fear and anxiety, but unable to stop reading...Constantly cheering on another main character, Phillipe Bertrand.

Following Phillipe's journey of self-discovery and watching him grow from a cowardice person to a heroic figure folded in well with the more obvious plot of the book.

I was enthralled with the clash and harmony of voodoo and Catholicism. One would think that these two should not coincide or even mix, but Marie Laveau made it make sense.

The blend of history and legend, mystery, grousomeness, religion, and internal/external struggle makes this an enticing read!
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