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Chasing the Devil's Tail: A Mystery of Storyville, New Orleans, Fulmer, David
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Author Name:    Fulmer, David

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

Binding:   Paperback

Book Condition:   Fine

Publisher:    Harvest Books 2003

ISBN Number:   0156027283 / 9780156027281

Seller ID:   IM262359

0156027283

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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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