NEW ORLEANS RAPACIOUS
by O'Neil De Noux
Rapacious defined – aggressively greedy, ravenous, plundering, taking by force, subsisting on live prey.
It starts as a wandering daughter case when a pretty widow hires New Orleans Private Eye Lucien Caye to find her twenty-two year old daughter. The date is April 10, 1947, and Helen Croix walks into Caye’s office with a picture of her missing daughter, Madelyn. She warns Lucien he’ll be tempted when he finds the alluring, strawberry-blond, temptress. Madelyn Croix will most likely seduce him. Helen describes her daughter as rapacious. Lucien has to look up the word to discover it means avaricious, greedy, ravenous – subsisting on live prey.
On Madelyn’s trail, Lucien comes across a love-sick lawyer, a seedy photographer, a suspicious psychiatrist, a jealous husband, the worst private eye in New Orleans, a mischievous black kitten and a bevy of pretty women willing to bed him. Shortly after the love-sick lawyer is murdered, Madelyn Croix comes to Lucien one night with that curvaceous body and Prussian-blue eyes that blink ever so slowly, precisely, like a falcon and he realizes – rapacious, like a raptor, a bird of prey. Madelyn hires Lucien to protect her. Someone is trying to kill her.