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Title:
LaStanza : New Orleans police stories
Author:
De Noux, O'Neil.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New Orleans, La. : Autumn Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
273 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781891643736
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Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

DeNoux's series character, New Orleans homicide detective Dino LaStanza, is featured in a collection of gritty noir short stories. (The last novel in which LaStanza appeared was 1988's The Big Show.) Like his protagonist, DeNoux has been a New Orleans police detective, and his years of grim experience in a city with a soaring murder rate are reflected in these dark tales of life on the very mean streets. These stories are not only hardboiled: they are raunchy, violent and filled with obscenities. Each short narrative follows one of LaStanza's cases. The tales are unremittingly bleak: a beautiful young woman commits suicide; a jogger is attacked by a gang; an elderly woman is killed by random gunfire. Unfortunately, DeNoux's prose is labored and stiff, his characters are cardboard and his plots are thin and predictable. The best hard-boiled writing compresses powerful emotion into tight, minimalist prose. While these stories display plenty of tough attitude, there's not a lot of feeling in De Noux's choppy sentences. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved