In the raucous, bloody, red-light district of Storyville, New Orleans, in 1907, where 2,000 scarlet women ply their trade, 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 investigate, 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 Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz. No ordinary mystery, Chasing the Devil's Tail is a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the moment when jazz was born.More
"Brimming with backstories and historical tidbits." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A fine beginning to what looks like a first-rate historical series." (Booklist)
"[Fulmer's] first fiction, which features a fascinating plot line and pervasive New Orleans atmosphere, is an outstanding historical." (Library Journal)
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Intriguing and Well Written
As a fan of New Orleans, I'm always critical of material that takes place in NoLa. NCIS New Orleans, for instance, over does the internal references (e.g., eating gumbo, places, etc.). Fulmer's book, though, is tempered with references only when necessary - locations, food, people, and even the weather. And in places, they almost feel like characters in the book.
Speaking of the book, this is an intriguing murder mystery that had me guessing up to the end. I guessed part of it but was thrown for a loop on other parts. I listened to it in one long drive and couldn't wait to get back in the car to turn it on again. The narrator was expressive and took on each character with their own voice; he didn't over act each character and kept the story going. The only criticism is in the actual production itself. Make sure to turn down the treble and bass, otherwise it gets tingy in places.
Overall, this is an excellent work and I'm going to get the second one from Fulmer. Loved it.
The narrator brings historical fiction to life in an enchanting way.
It was a series really; King Bolden's descent into mental illness.
He has a rich, beautiful voice.
Yes, yes, yes!