Private eye novel released by Southeastern detective

Contact: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University police detective O’Neil De Noux, a prolific author of police novels and short stories, has released his first private eye novel featuring a character drawn from his previous works.

     The new novel, “Enamored,” features French Quarter sleuth Lucien Caye, the star of De Noux’s collection of short stories “New Orleans Confidential,” published in 2010, and in several other publications.

     Set in 1950 New Orleans, “Enamored” is a case of obsession and murder. A character-driven novel that includes femme fatales, a street walker, a hulking Mafiosi and a couple of male writers, the book deviates from the standard mystery formula.

     De Noux has authored nine previous novels and eight short story collections. His most recent work, “Battle Kiss” a heavily-researched historical novel funded in part by a Louisiana Division of the Arts grant, is placed in the Battle of New Orleans.

     An investigator with Southeastern’s police department since 2006, De Noux has served with the sheriff’s offices in Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. He has also worked as a private investigator, criminal intelligence analyst and creative writing instructor. He is a resident of Covington.


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