Novel by Southeastern police investigator named book of the year | Community Spirit
“John Raven Beau,” a novel by Southeastern Louisiana University police investigator O’Neil De Noux, has been named the 2011 Police Book of the Year by Police-Writers.com.
A group of more than 1,100 current and former police officers who also write professionally and have published more than 2,300 books, Police-Writers.com is published by American Heroes Press, which also handles Military-Writers.com and Firefighter-Writers.com. The selection process considered all fiction and non-fiction books authored by police officers in the past year.
“John Raven Beau,” which is also the name of De Noux’s main character in the novel, is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. A member of the New Orleans Police Homicide Division, Beau is a half-Cajun, half-Sioux cop who hunts killers with methodical and calculating precision. The story begins in the French Quarter and ends in a swamp, all within the city limits of the Crescent City. The book is published by Big Kiss Productions of New Orleans.
A resident of Covington, De Noux has written nine other novels and eight short story collections. Prior to joining the Southeastern Police Department, he was a homicide detective and criminal intelligence analyst.