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See No Evil – N’awlins Exotica Book Six

See No Evil

by Michael Mandrake

Christmas comes sooner than expected in the Big Easy.

With the serial killer on the loose, the Crescent City has become a place of nightmares. Inflicting terror on New Orleans has been his first order of business, and now, due to a recent faux pas, he’s on the run from district nineteen police.

In the midst of this is trans dancer Naomi Beneviere. Naomi is concerned about her safety after three other dancers wound up dead at the hands of the serial killer. To make matters worse, she dreams of their murders and possible details about the suspect.

Crime Scene Investigator Waylon Mooney is the top CSI on the case which has been plaguing the city. Waylon is meticulous and a hopeless romantic, but his social skills are a little off. After a series of dates with Naomi and many sleepless nights, Waylon is ready to take the next step in their relationship, but the killer on the loose may hamper their progress.

Will Waylon be able to assist in finding the killer? And will Naomi Beneviere finally have the chance at a true relationship with Waylon?

See No Evil concludes the N’awlins Exotica series. All books must be read in order.

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Pairings: 4+ or Other
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 2
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Pansexual, Transgender
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Interracial Relationship, Opposites Attract, Slow Burning Love
Word Count: 52968
Setting: New Orleans, LA USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters


After only six hours of sleep, Waylon was called into work on a new case involving two young men gunned down near the outskirts of the quarter. No one knew the story behind the killings and the sergeant informed Waylon Moto couldn’t be reached. With this extra shift, Waylon had to double back around after a fifteen-hour stint at the station. Waylon couldn’t wait for his vacation in six days, sixteen hours, give or take a couple of minutes because goddammit, he needed it. He hadn’t had much personal time since he transferred and Lord knows he deserved one with the serial killer case picking up steam.


Cup of coffee in hand, he stumbled in, shutting the door behind him to keep out the cold. The jog from his new vehicle wasn’t far. However, Waylon didn’t believe in wearing a whole lot of clothing. To him, coats, scarves, and gloves were way too confining, plus he always forgot where he’d left them. His mother always scolded him for getting too focused on things and losing his belongings. The trait stuck with him even to adulthood.

On the way down to the lab, Waylon greeted fellow officers and detectives, nodding as he walked. A couple of them made comments about him coming back so soon, but he understood it to be part of the job. Besides, Moto had a family and he did not. Yet another reason why Waylon hoped things would work out with Naomi. Not really because he wanted an excuse, but he desired to have a special someone to look forward to spending time with. In truth, he was already there with her. He just didn’t want to scare Naomi off. Waylon knew he had a propensity to be clingy to his partners at times and after a couple of failed committed relationships, one with a man, another with a woman, Waylon treaded carefully. Naomi deserved to be cuddled not suffocated and Waylon intended to make their commitment successful.

“Hey, Waylon. What’cha doin’ back here so soon?”

Frankie’s voice disturbed him as he was about to enter his office next to the lab. He spun on his heel, watching precinct nineteen’s next Sergeant walk in his direction.

“Barter said they needed me for the double murder near the quarter. They couldn’t get a hold of Moto.” Waylon flicked on the lights and the minute he did, he squinted and removed his glasses. He was sure the lack of sleep and sensitivity to light was the cause of his headaches.

“Moto’s gonna hafta stop turnin’ his damn phone off. You got a life too.” Frankie playfully slapped his back. “’Sides, you’re goin’ on vacation soon, right?”

“Yep.” Waylon slid his frames back on and turned to meet Frankie’s concerned gaze. “I’m exhausted. I been counting down the days for three months now.”

“I bet, man. We all are. Anyway, I came down to chat. Wanted to tell ya’ ol’ Kenie didn’t mean nothin’ by her comment.”

Waylon leaned back against his desk and crossed his arms over his chest. “I know. She’s got no filter most of the time anyway. I should be used to it.”

Frankie harrumphed. “Nah, nah, don’t do that. She’s calmed down a lot since she started datin’ David. Give my girl a chance, Way.”

“I’m happy for her. Still, it’s no excuse for the cheap shot on the coroner’s office. I know it gets frustrating as hell. I gotta work with these guys on a constant basis. They’re like my brothers. We all work long, hard hours with unfair pay. I mean, I know you detectives need autopsies done in a certain period of time. The reality is things don’t run as smooth as they do on the cop shows.”

“Dude, I know. It’s why all those shows are fictional,” Frankie joked and took a seat in the chair in front of Waylon. “All I’m sayin’ is we got ya’ back, right? You family, Way. We care about ya’ more than you know. We know this case is gettin’ to ya. Heck, it’s gettin’ to all of us! I can’t walk down the aisle until this fool is caught.”

Waylon nodded and looked down at the scuffs on the hardwood floor under his feet. He shrugged, then met Frankie’s brown gaze again.

“I know, man. I just needed to put Miss Kenina in her place. Despite the friendship with Naomi and dating David, she still gonna be Kenina or Kenie as you call her. She don’t give a flying rat’s ass whose feelings she hurts.”

“She does. She’s got a funny way of showing it.”

Reviews:Simera on Goodreads wrote:

See No Evil is the last in the N'awlins Exotica Series. Each story intertwines with each other giving more indepth into the lives of the characters and the murderer. This story focuses on Naomi and Waylon. Naomi starts having nightmares because of Ryland and Valio (a little paranormal in this book). Waylon and Naomi are just sweet and their relationship blooms even with all the drama going on around them.

Pat W on Goodreads wrote:

In the sixth and final book of the N'awlins Exotica book the characters, Naomi and Waylon were so perfect together and their story just flowed so effortlessly that I was so enthralled from the very beginning of the story until the very end!

About the Author

Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Thorough these, he builds worlds not centered on erotica but rather the mainstream plots we might encounter in everyday life through personal experiences or the media.