Author Night: Christopher Peña


Peña discusses his latest book, the true crime story of the 1903 murder of New Orleans District Attorney Gurley, killed by his own client. Follow the path of his murderer from family man to killer.

Author Christopher G. Peña discusses his latest book: Death Over a Diamond Stud: The Assassination of the Orleans Parish District Attorney, the gripping true story of the first judicial murder of the 20th century, delivered in stunning detail, from the crooks and crevices of the city streets and courthouses, to the very fibers of the hangman’s noose. The murder of the newly elected District Attorney J. Ward Gurley sent shock waves through New Orleans not only because of the brutal and brazen nature of the killing but because the suspect’s name had previously been in the city newspapers. The journey of Lewis Lyons from working family man to the cold-blooded killer of his own attorney is a heartbreaking saga that begins with a tragic miscarriage of justice concerning a stolen diamond stud. Free refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Friends of Hubbell Library.

Tuesday, May 14th


725 Pelican Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114