Finally back in New Orleans after fifteen months away, Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr finds himself suddenly summoned by Tom Anderson, the "King of Storyville." A well-to-do gentleman has been found murdered on seedy Rampart Street. Everyone agrees this is a simple case of a rich man in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the victim's daughter knows something she isn't telling, and she urges St. Cyr to keep looking. Another wealthy society man turns up dead and the detective learns that the two victims were acquainted years ago. In a spider's web of coincidence, the second murder may have been witnessed by the man who's now keeping Valentin's old girlfriend, Justine, as his paramour - a man who's now sure he's next on the killer's list.As the city's most powerful leaders pressure him to drop the investigation lest he uncover truly damaging scandal, St. Cyr risks what's left of his reputation to find the truth. What could he be getting close to, and what nerves might be unwittingly strike?
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 152.4 x 231.1 x 35.6mm | 567g
- 09 Jan 2006
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- United States