Chanse MacLeod

Created by Greg Herren

Big Easy private eye CHANSE MacLEOD is suitably cynical, predictably tough, prone to wisecracks, knows his way around town and, in a nice change of pace, gay.

When we first meet him, in 2002's Murder in the Rue Dauphine, he has a little money in the bank, so he can be at least a little choosy about what cases he accepts, but the threatened outing of a closeted friend of his client takes a nasty turn when the client is murdered. Worse, it looks like it might be a hate crime, which in turn causes a bit of a panic in the gay community of New Orleans.

Along the way we're introduced to Chanse's best friend Paige, and the intriguingly-named police officer Venus Casanova. Most of the reviews found this a promising, if not exceptional debut, but most gave solid marks for the sharply-drawn New Orleans setting.

But since then, the author, who actually lives in New Orleans (and "has no plans to leave. Ever."), has carved quite a career for himself. A freelance journalist, personal trainer, book critic and the editor-in-chief of the Lambda Book Report, has followed up Murder in the Rue Dauphine with several sequels, as well as creating another Big Easy eye, former go-go dancer Scotty Bradley, and co-edited Men of the Mean Streets: Gay Noir (2011), arguably the first collection of gay noir.

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RELATED LINKS

The author's official site.

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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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