Beneath The Crescent Moon

By Louis J. Cuccia


Available December, 2020


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  Beneath The Crescent Moon

New Orleans Police Department

News Release

Homicide in Metairie

February 2, 2018, 11:55 a.m.


On Thursday, February 1, 2018, at approximately 6:45 am., the New Orleans Police Department

responded to a call of a deceased subject found in a car at the Grand Mart Motel, 8006 W. Metairie

Drive, in Metairie.

Upon arrival, officers found a deceased female. New Orleans Police Department officers and investigators conducted interviews and collected evidence at the scene.

On Friday, February 2, 2018, additional interviews were conducted at the New Orleans Police Department Investigations Division. The interviews resulted in the recovery of additional information and evidence.

There has been no arrest currently.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

If you have any information regarding this crime,

please contact Detective Dominic DeAngelis at the New Orleans Investigations Division: 504-335-7888,

extension 442.

Beneath The Crescent Moon

Raymond Lester Morone, age 37, is arrested April 21st, 2018, on suspicion of three murders. All three victims were single women in their late thirties. Raymond is being held at the New Orleans Parish Prison. If convicted, he faces the state execution chamber at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as “The Farm”. Raymond’s arrest reveals more questions than answers. According to the police report, Raymond, doesn’t exit. He has no verifiable information and his name doesn’t appear in any records.

Justin Lancer, an investigator for a local tabloid, is his only hope. Pushed by his boss at the New Orleans Chronicle, Justin is forced to team up with the hard-nose detective, Dominic DeAngelis. Justin’s investigation reveals new information that forces Detective Dominic to reopen his file in search of a missing tattoo artist by the name of Andre LeBlanc. 

Justin’s investigation sends him among the darker side of New Orleans. Justin wanders through a maze of diversions. His search for truth and moral justice is further complicated by re-appearing astrological symbols and the missing tattoo artist, who may hold a critical piece of the missing puzzle.

As Justin struggles with Detective Dominic, his boss, Rocco, at the New Orleans Chronicle and his relationship with Kate Ehlers, his college sweetheart; Justin’s hope is renewed by an unusual street preacher known as John the Baptist, a proclaimed “ragpicker”, and the mind opening interview with a lady from Raymond Morone’s past.

The mystery takes you through the historic city of New Orleans, blending together the French Quarter, Jackson Square, Café Du Monde, Bourbon Street, The River Walk, St. Louis Cemetery, Café Reconcile, and the Fulton Street area in search of the secrets that lay Beneath The Crescent Moon.