Detective Cadillac Holland is the cop you call when the case that needs solved might not even be crime. It’s an election year and the local king of gentrification and out of town condominium developers threaten to bring disaster capitalism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The ideas the Ninth Ward’s newest builders have about the future of the city’s most troubled neighborhood could once again displace the city’s poorest citizens, many of whom are still grappling with the storm’s economic aftermath. Detective Holland is asked to find the motive behind the offer to buy the homes being built by the Make It Right Foundation, and what he finds stirs the city’s treacherous political waters in ways nobody ever imagined possible.
Louisiana State Patrol Detective “Cadillac” Holland finds more than he was looking for when he sought a simple answer to who wanted to buy homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. It’s a tale of disaster capitalism involving multiple efforts to rebuild the city’s poorest neighborhood as election day approaches. Nobody is who they appear to be and everyone’s motives become increasingly suspect. It’s up to Detective Holland to navigate the political and territorial swamp he finds himself in while just trying to help a friend.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am among the many who left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, finding the recovery to be more dangerous and painful than the storm itself. Property values have skyrocketed in my absence and make it financially challenging to return, despite the city having ample housing and a reduced population. Researching the causes of this situation led me to stories of other cities worldwide that have endured skewed housing markets as well, and decided to find a way to make an interesting story out of a very complicated set of facts and statistics. As one character says "What ought to be illegal ain’t always a crime."
From the Queen of New Orleans Medical Thrillers… Crescent City Chronicles (Alex Destephano Novels Books 1-3)
A multi-dimensional medical thriller series featuring Virginia-born nurse/attorney Alexandra Lee Destephano, Commander Jack Francoise of the New Orleans Police Department, and Dr. Robert Bonnet, a prominent New Orleans surgeon as they encounter murder and mayhem in The Big Easy’s most famous hospital. The Alex Destephano medical thriller series blends hospital drama, murder, political intrigue, terrorism, and the grisly work of a hideous serial killer
Detective ‘Cadillac’ Holland is a Louisiana State Police Detective on permanent assignment to New Orleans’ Chief of Detectives, who tosses him cases he mistakenly believes are a waste of time. The cases invariably prove to be more complicated than the Chief believes, and made all the more complicated by Detective Holland’s approach to solving them.
This latest book in the series is a snapshot into the sordid politics and rampant corruption that define New Orleans. Set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, or as locals call it, “The Federal Flood”, Cant Stop The Funk peels back the onion to solve a mystery that proves to be a mixture of disaster capitalism and “backroom” Louisiana politics. Cant Stop the Funk captures the “hidden” side of race, real estate, government corruption and family ties that define the most unique city in America.
When a busload of seniors from a suburban Nashville church head down the Natchez Trace on a carefree journey to The Big Easy, they are unaware that a Mafia hit squad is playing a deadly game of tag with them. All except one passenger. The man they know as Bryce Reynolds is really Pat Pagano, a World War II Medal of Honor winner and successful Las Vegas stockbroker who was lured into handling investments for a New York crime family. After his two grown sons are killed in an attack by a rival gang and his wife succumbs to cancer, Pagano decimates the mob with his testimony in federal court. He disappears, then resurfaces in Nashville as Reynolds, a retired businessman from Oklahoma. But after years of searching, an old Mafia capo tracks Pagano to the church bus en route to New Orleans.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Hellbound is based on a trip I took with a church group similar to the one in the story. I added the Mafia angle and the two main characters to provide tension and an exciting plot. But the details of the bus itinerary, places it stops and the activities in New Orleans mirror the actual trip. In addition to the Mafia angle, my trip differed in the hurricane at the end. Fortunately, we didn’t encounter that one. Some of the minor characters closely resemble people on the bus. It was fun to write.