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Chasing the Devil's Tail

Fulmer, David

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ISBN 10: 1890208841 / ISBN 13: 9781890208844
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale AZ, 2001
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Signed by Author. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Text unmarked. Protected in clear plastic wrap. Jacket and boards are free of marks and wear. Second printing. Publisher "Signed by the Author" sticker on front of jacket. Quantity Available: 1. Signed by Author. ISBN: 1890208841. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 117375. Bookseller Inventory # 117375

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Title: Chasing the Devil's Tail

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale AZ

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Not New Orleans—but Storyville—noir...and all that jazz!
1907 Storyville. Cultures, races, and religions more often blend than clash in a rich gumbo only New Orleans could serve up. But trouble brews. In this red light district, prostitutes ply their trade whether in cramped cribs or elegant houses of French ancestry, while music surges through its streets and helps harmonize the light and dark elements. King Bolden rules the Storyville brass with his golden coronet and his gift—jasser—to blow a riff on the city’s music that pulses with new rhythms and notes. But the real King of Storyville is Tom Anderson, the district’s powerful property owner and political fixer, who employs Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr to dig into the deaths of a string of prostitutes. Each victim is found with a black rose. Is a serial killer leaving a calling card? Is King Bolden losing his mind as he stretches his genius to its limits? Why is an elderly priest sent away under care?

“This brilliant debut noir captures a time and place so perfectly the reader will resent each time he has to lay it aside....”

—Barbara Peters

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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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