Chasing the Devil's Tail

Chasing the Devil's Tail : A Mystery of Storyville, New Orleans

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Storyville, 1907: In this raucous, bloody, red-light district, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade in grand mansions and filthy dime-a-trick cribs, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows like an amber river, there's a killer loose. Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose. As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to unravel the murder against this extraordinary backdrop, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district's most notorious madam; a young piano player who would come to be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz and is now losing his mind.
No ordinary mystery, "Chasing the Devil's Tail" is a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the very moment when jazz was born.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 158.76g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156027283
  • 9780156027281
  • 1,408,950

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PRAISE FOR "CHASING THE DEVIL'S TAIL"

"A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans of the very early 1900s."--"Los Angeles Times"

"A wonderful rendition of a particular world at a very distinctive time."--"The""Times-Picayune" (New Orleans)

"Captures Storyville in all its creative, mystical and sordid excess."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

"Debut novelist David Fulmer has created an amazing story, and he makes it look easy."--"The Plain Dealer" (Cleveland)
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"Los Angeles Times" Book Prize Finalist: Mystery/Thriller
A "Booklist "Best First Mystery Series "A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans of the very early 1900s...." --"Los Angeles Times"
Storyville, 1907: In this raucous red-light district, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows freely, there's a killer loose. Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose.
As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to unravel the murder against this extraordinary backdrop, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district's most notorious madam; E.J. Bellocq, the crippled dwarf and photographer of whores; a young piano player who would later be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz and is now losing his mind.
An original tale of murder, music, and madness, "Chasing the Devil's Tail" is a chilling portrait of genius and self-destruction, set at the very moment when jazz was born. "A wonderful rendition of a particular world at a very distinctive time." --"The Times-Picayune" (New Orleans)
"Captures Storyville in all its creative, mystical and sordid excess." --"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" David Fulmer, a writer and producer, lives in Atlanta with his daughter, Italia. "Chasing the Devil's Tail "is his first novel.
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668 ratings
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4 40% (270)
3 31% (209)
2 7% (49)
1 1% (8)
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