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Chasing the Devil's Tail / Edition 1
     

Chasing the Devil's Tail / Edition 1

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by David Fulmer
 

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ISBN-10: 0156027283

ISBN-13: 2900156027280

Pub. Date: 06/09/2003

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing (DIP)

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

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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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ISBN-13:
2900156027280
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing (DIP)
Publication date:
06/09/2003
Series:
Valentin St. Cyr Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
348

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Chasing the Devil's Tail (Valentin St. Cyr Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
susan1954 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The 1900's in New Orleans was a reckless, dangerous and mysterious time. David Fulmer really creates wonderful - colorful characters. The description of the prostitutes, the brothels and the muscicians are fantastic. You will find this book hard to put down. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is the first in a series and I'm going to buy the other three. I can't wait to start reading David Fulmer again.
SL_Snowmann More than 1 year ago
Fulmer's portrayal of turn of the century New Orleans explores the seedy side of life against the backdrop of the explosion of a true American art form, jazz. His characters are richly drawn, especially the creole detective, Valentin St. Cyr. Good guys have bad tempers, and bad guys turn this into a good story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This evocative novel puts the reader right down in Storyville New Orleans 1907. You can almost smell the smells and see the sights, such is Fulmer's ability to bring the period to life. The mixing of his fictional detective Valentin St.Cyr with real people of the era left me having to remind myself that this was fiction, it was so well written. My father was a huge fan of New Orleans jazz and yet I had never heard of Buddy Bolden. I hate to slam other people's reviews, but this is definitely not for middle shool readers. It is set in the red light district of New Orleans and does describe some sex scenes between the prostitutes and their johns as well as drug use. I wasn't a bit offended, I imagine that's just what it was like. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but suffice to say if you've ever walked in the area of the French Quarter and wondered what it would have been like in the days of Storyville (which was all demolished long ago) this is the closest I've ever come. It was also a great mystery and I will be looking for Mr. Fulmer's other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely excited when I found out about this book; the era facinates me as well as the subject matter, however, this was a real disappointment. I found it lacking in plot developement as well as character biographies; There weren't many details to help feed the imagination. Although a relatively short novel, it seemed the overall language was geared towards a younger audience (say Middle School?). If you want something to just pass the time in your doctor's office, by all means, pick it up, but, if you are looking for an in depth entertaining read, you will not be satified.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because it was on sale as an e book and didn't expect much, but it turned out to be quite a page turner! If you are interested in jazz, or New Orleans, or history, read this, especially if you like mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storyville, jazz, sex and murders all connected by a black rose. Quite the recipe for an interesting tale. Listen for the sound of the wildest trumpet. Being played by the wildeyed, whiskey drinking King Buddy Boldon. A retired priest is hastily committed to an Institue for the insane. It is an interesting book. Come on in, the party is just beginning. J M Lydon
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The title certainly describes the content of the story. The history and sad demise of the character Buddy Bolden's mind shows how mental illnes untreated can ruin lives other than just the one afflicted. Prejudices of the last century abound. 'Free America' still had a caste system, it was just covered up or ignored. Characters become startlingly real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stands"if youll excuse me i have to get a little pest out of camp"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah it was)) Devil looks at him "good now time for questions." She sat down "if a clanmate is injured and needs help do you keep fighting or help them?"