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Bourbon Street
     

Bourbon Street

by Leonce Gaiter
 

During Mardi Gras in 1958 New Orleans Alex Moreau wants release from brutal world of hatreds and violence to which he was born.

So Alex invites Texas gambler Deke Watley to a high stakes Mardi Gras poker game. Only Deke doesn't know that time is running out and old debts must be paid before Alex gets what he wants and lets Deke—or any other

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During Mardi Gras in 1958 New Orleans Alex Moreau wants release from brutal world of hatreds and violence to which he was born.

So Alex invites Texas gambler Deke Watley to a high stakes Mardi Gras poker game. Only Deke doesn't know that time is running out and old debts must be paid before Alex gets what he wants and lets Deke—or any other hustler—leave Bourbon Street alive.

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A seen-it-all gambler called to a high-stakes poker game in 1958 New Orleans finds instead murder, betrayal, and a lost love in this murky, brooding debut. The staff at L'Hotel Moreau wastes no time putting Deke Watley in his place. The disfigured desk clerk stares boldly as he indicates how much he knows about him; the bellhop who carries his bags pulls a gun on him. Alex Moreau, who manages the hotel for his blind father, is playing for even higher stakes. He tells his dealer that Mr. Watley is to win, for now, and so it happens. But poker is nothing more than a front for Alex's real plans. He wants to kill the father who murdered his mother, the black islander who'd blinded August Moreau. And when the elder Moreau sends retired private eye Harry Tate to trail August's mistress Hannah, and Tate follows her to a meeting with Deke, the onetime lover who'd left her high and dry back in Texas, Alex sees his chance. He kills Tate and ropes Deke into the murder, telling him they'll have to move quickly against August before he strikes back. The ensuing cycle of Mardi Gras bloodshed is set forth in prose by turns as grandiloquent as Faulkner and clipped and stylized to a fare-three-well. The result is a gusty, somber mood piece the cast is powerless to stop from unfolding because "not enough people were dead yet." Author tour

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011061400
Publisher:
Leonce Gaiter
Publication date:
02/04/2010
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,298,233
File size:
188 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Raised in New Orleans, Washington D.C., Germany, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere, Leonce Gaiter is the quintessential army brat—rootless, restive, and disagreeable. He began writing in grade school and continued the habit through his graduation from Harvard. He moved to Los Angeles and put his disagreeability to work in the creative and business ends of the film and music industries. His nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, NY Newsday, The Washington Post, Salon, and in national syndication. His thriller "Bourbon Street" was published by Carroll & Graf. He currently lives in Northern California.

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