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Publisher's Summary

It's Police Detective Dino LaStanza's first week in Homicide and he must handle the horrific murder of Marie Sumner, slashed to death on a quiet French Quarter street. LaStanza and his partners work long, frustrating hours with no results. When another woman is slashed to death along Bayou St. John, the detectives bear witness to the carnage again. LaStanza feels even worse this time, almost useless. The media labels the killer "The Slasher" and when he strikes a third time, murdering the daughter of a wealthy banker, LaStanza meets a young woman who changes his life.
Lizette Marie Louvier is an alluring, intelligent young woman, a dark haired, uptown beauty beyond LaStanza's reach and yet the attraction between the two is undeniable. The unrelenting pressure in the homicide pressure cooker grows as LaStanza and his partners track a monstrous killer through the dark streets of the murder capital of the US, hoping they can catch him before he kills again.
©1988 O'Neil De Noux (P)2015 O'Neil De Noux
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tina Rizkallah on 09-08-17

LaStanza is NOPD Homicide!

Would you listen to Grim Reaper again? Why?

Love O'Neil's writing and love LaStanza. He reminds me of the real men of the NOPD that I've been priviledged to know

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stan the man from the bloody sixth. His smart ass humor is the type of thing you really hear from the police~

What does Michael J McCue bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

a genuine New Orleans accent - not an over done YAT or Cajun attempt.

Any additional comments?

Wish all the LaStanza books were available on Audible~

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1 out of 5 stars
By Danesha S Carley on 09-22-16

Bad, bad, bad

I really do love gritty detective novels. James Lee Burke is one of my favorites, and does it get grittier than Dave and Clete? Not much. But those stories are well told, well written, and wonderful to both read and listen to. This was not even on the same planet. Absolutely an epic fail. In the first 30 minutes the main character used the F-word no fewer than 30 times. Sometime 3 or 4 times in one sentence. It reminded me of an ignorant 19 year old trying to sound tough. All it did was take away from what MAY have been an ok story. I love NoLa. I love detective novels. I really love when the two come together. This sounds like the PERFECT book for me. But I just couldn't get past the first hour or so, despite trying no fewer than 3 times to listen to it.

The story, what I could manage to pick up between F-bombs, was probably ok. Although I couldn't get past two major flaws. 1) and this is a special note to the author, learn to write with other descriptive words aside from f@ck. Honestly. I am not a writer, but I love to read. And I can think of a variety of other choices. Your main character can still be "gritty" and "real" and demonstrate a vocabulary beyond using one single word to describe EVERYTHING. And 2) the narrator was AWEFUL. He sounded like a Yankee. Like he was from New Jersey or New York...Really? Come ON, this book takes place in New Orleans! You can not have a Yankee read it. Every word grated on my Southern ears. It was horrible. I bet even folks who are used to a Northen accent would agree; this was NOT the right man for this job.

Did I mention I really really wanted to like this book? I really really did. Maybe if Will Patten read it I would have gotten farther than 90 minutes in... But I doubt it. It was just plain bad.

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