The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld [NOOK Book]

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Norma Wallace grew up fast in the rough neighborhoods of New Orleans. In 1916, as an ambitious fifteen-year-old, she went to work as a street-walker in the French Quarter, but by 1920 was madam of what became one of the city’s most lavish brothels, an establishment frequented by politicians, movie stars, gangsters, and even the notoriously corrupt police force.  For decades, Norma flourished, a smart, glamorous, powerful woman whose ...
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The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld

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Overview

Norma Wallace grew up fast in the rough neighborhoods of New Orleans. In 1916, as an ambitious fifteen-year-old, she went to work as a street-walker in the French Quarter, but by 1920 was madam of what became one of the city’s most lavish brothels, an establishment frequented by politicians, movie stars, gangsters, and even the notoriously corrupt police force.  For decades, Norma flourished, a smart, glamorous, powerful woman whose scandalous life made front-page headlines. 

Her lovers ran the gamut from a bootlegger who shot her during a fight, to a famed bandleader, to the boy next door, thirty-nine years her junior, who became her fifth husband.

She knew all of the Crescent City’s dirty little secrets and used them to protect her own interests—she never got so much as a traffic ticket—until the early 1960s, when District Attorney Jim Garrison decided to clean up vice and corruption.  After a jail stay, she went legitimate as successfully as she had gone criminal, with a lucrative restaurant business. To the end Norma maintained her independence, and surrendered only to an irrational, obsessive love, which ultimately led to her violent death.

In The Last Madam, author Christine Wiltz combines original research with Wallace’s personal memoirs to bring to life an era in New Orleans history rife with charm and decadence, and to reveal the colorful woman who reigned as its underworld queen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497658509
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 55,256
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Christine Wiltz, a native of New Orleans, is the author of five novels, including The Killing CircleA Diamond Before You Die, and The Emerald Lizard, all set in New Orleans and featuring Irish Channel detective Neal Rafferty. Her novel The Glass House was praised by the New York Times as “unflinchingly honest” and a book that “needs to be read on both sides of Convent Street.” Shoot the Money, her most recent fiction, is an edgy “sisters in crime” novel reminiscent of Thelma and LouiseThe Last Madam, her biography of French Quarter legend Norma Wallace, is under option for film.

Wiltz has written for the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. She has been a writer-in-residence and adjunct professor at both Tulane and Loyola Universities.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Awesome book

    I read this book once before years ago. Such an interesting book. It's well written and easy to read. An inside look at the seedy historical side of new orleans. Good story as well. It's one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    Mediocre Writing on a great subject

    enough said.

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