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Glass House

Wiltz, Christine

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ISBN 10: 0807118648 / ISBN 13: 9780807118641
Published by Louisiana State University Press, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Black faux-leather boards, gilt titles. A novel based on the 1980 shootings in Old Algiers, New Orleans. Laid in are various publicity materials, including an essay written by Wiltz on the writing of the novel. A fine unread copy in like DJ. 189 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 14405

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Title: Glass House

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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When Thea Tamborella returns to New Orleans after a ten-year absence, she finds the city of her birth changed, still a place of deep contradictions, a sensuous blend of religion, tradition, bonhomie, and decadence, but now caught in a web of fear caused by bad economic times, crime, and racial unrest. Many residents have sought to avoid the city's problems by fleeing to the suburbs. The wealthy who have remained in the inner city hide behind the walls of homes protected by elaborate security systems. The poor live in decaying neighborhoods and in tenements taken over by drug dealers. Fear of race riots following the murder of a white policeman and the subsequent police terrorization of the all-black housing project where he was killed are dividing the city even further.
Thea herself learned the meaning of fear when her life was uprooted after the murder of her parents in their grocery store. She left New Orleans when she grew up but returns there to claim the Garden District mansion she has inherited from her aunt. It is in this great old Victorian house that she encounters a childhood friend she had been forbidden to associate with, Burgess Monroe, the son of her aunt's housekeeper. She is drawn to this now powerful and mysterious man, even though she senses that he may hold dangerous secrets.
At the same time, Thea is renewing friendships with her old high-school crowd: Bobby Buchanan, a former boyfriend who is still in love with her, and Lyle and Sandy Hindermann, wealthy blue-bloods. Like many other New Orleanians, Lyle and some of his circle are carrying guns, arming themselves against their perceived enemies. But Lyle has gone one step further: he has become a reserve policeman and a fanatic about law and order. Caught up in the hunt for his fellow officer's killer, he follows a trail that leads him to Burgess' friend Dexter and Dexter's girlfriend, Sherree Morganza, an out-of-work stripper and single mother. It is a case of mistaken identity that ends with brutal and senseless death.
Thea, overwhelmed by the violence and mistrust that swirl around her, torn by conflicting passions, finally must come to terms with her own life: with the murder of her parents, with her attraction to Burgess, and ultimately, with a growing conviction that she knows who the real enemy is.

About the Author:

Christine Wiltz, a native resident of New Orleans, is also the author of The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld and three mystery novels featuring Irish Channel detective Neal Rafferty. She coauthored a television documentary about David Duke, Backlash: Race and the American Dream, which aired on PBS in 1992.

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