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Lost River

Lost River

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by David Fulmer

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The next heart-pounding chapter in Fulmer’s Storyville series featuring New Orleans detective Valentin St. Cyr Autumn 1913. Valentin St. Cyr has been absent from his Storyville stomping grounds for some months, trying to make it in the straight detective world and make a go of it with his longtime love, Justine. But then a man is found dead in a Storyville


The next heart-pounding chapter in Fulmer’s Storyville series featuring New Orleans detective Valentin St. Cyr Autumn 1913. Valentin St. Cyr has been absent from his Storyville stomping grounds for some months, trying to make it in the straight detective world and make a go of it with his longtime love, Justine. But then a man is found dead in a Storyville brothel.The madam immediately turns to the creole detective for help.He resists, but when several more bodies turn up in Storyville, Valentin can’t help but come to the aid of the place—and the people—he tried to leave behind.
Just when he has the case wrapped around his finger, it turns out Valentin has been played.The police captain thinks he’s meddling and may be guilty of murder.He’s on the run, and Justine has turned her back on him, retaliating with a handsome young fellow in a very sporty car. But is she being lured into a trap too?
Taking us back to his acclaimed and much-loved Storyville series, in Lost River award-winning author David Fulmer marks a heart-pounding return to the streets of early-1900s New Orleans.

Editorial Reviews


[Fulmer's] feel for atmosphere and his increasingly subtle hand with character development keep the series from going stale . . . Early on, this series’ main appeal was its setting, but now it can hold its own with the most character-driven of historical mysteries.

USA Today

Fulmer’s evocative prose captures the sights, sounds and smells of 1913 Storyville in his superior 'Lost River'....a testament to the never-ending saga of New Orleans.

From the Publisher

Praise for David Fulmer's Storyville mysteries:

"You can almost taste the gumbo... Fulmer's languid, conversational style perfectly matches the Crescent City setting with its complex web of murder, corruption and betrayal." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans of the very early 1900s. . . . The period is brilliantly recaptured. If Fulmer has plans for future stories about St. Cyr and his real and imaginary Fourth Ward cronies, they'd be more than welcome here." --Los Angeles Times

Publishers Weekly

In Shamus-winner Fulmer's enjoyable fourth mystery to feature Valentin St. Cyr (after 2006's Rampart Street), the Creole detective must stop a crime wave in Storyville, New Orleans' legendary red-light district, in 1913. St. Cyr, who's been working for a respectable law firm in a better part of town, reluctantly decides to help his former employer, Tom Anderson (aka the king of Storyville), after a dead man with a bullet hole in his chest turns up in the parlor of one of Anderson's bordellos. Enter the contender for queen of Storyville, Evelyne Dallencort, a jaded society matron and her equally jaded young lover, Louis Jacob, and the body count rises. With his usual lucid prose, Fulmer details the grubby "crib" life that exploited scores of women prostitutes while padding rich men's wallets. At times, though, the cartoonish Dallencort sounds too much like a modern woman who's wandered into the wrong book. Still, those looking for some jazzy early 20th-century chills won't be disappointed. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

It is 1913, and the city of New Orleans is wide open to graft, greed, and murder. Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr (Rampart Street) once again gets embroiled in the business of Storyville, the Crescent City's red-light district, when a man is found dead in one of the more expensive brothels. It is not immediately clear what is happening, but Tom Anderson, King of Storyville, is apparently not up to protecting his domain. Having given his word to help, St. Cyr risks everything to find who is murdering the male patrons of Storyville and why. Fans of hard-boiled writers like Raymond Chandler, Bill Pronzini, and James Lee Burke will enjoy Shamus Award winner Fulmer's latest. Highly recommended.

—Jo Ann Vicarel

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Valentin St. Cyr Series , #4
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

David Fulmer is the author of eleven critically-acclaimed and award-winning novels. Chasing the Devil's Tail was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Barry Award, and a Falcon Award, was on Borders' "Best of 2003 List," and won the 2002 Shamus Award. Jass was nominated for the "Best of 2005" lists by Library Journal, Deadly Pleasures Magazine, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rampart Street was rated New York Magazine's "Best Novels You've Never Read" and the audiobook won a Benjamin Franklin Award. The Dying Crapshooter's Blues received the BookPage "Ice Pick of the Month Award" among other plaudits and The Blue Door was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best Novel. Lost River was published in 2009 and The Fall was released by Five Stones Press in 2011. The Night Before, an adult holiday novella, was published as a Bang Bang Lulu Edition in November of 2012, followed by the historical Will You Meet Me in Heaven? in 2014 and The Iron Angel, the fifth novel in the acclaimed Storyville series, in March of 2015. His books have received superlative reviews from The Times Picayune, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookList, Kirkus Reviews, The Baltimore Sun, Mystery Review, The Detroit News, The Telegraph (UK), The Plain Dealer, Crime Spree Magazine, The Boston Globe, Crimetime UK, The Tennessean, Library Journal, Jazz Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other publications and book websites. His novels have been released in audiobook and have been translated into Italian, French, Japanese, and Turkish. A native of central Pennsylvania, David Fulmer lives in Atlanta with his wife Sansanee Sermprungsuk.

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I first discoverd Valentin St.Cyr from "Jass", the second novel in the series. Since then, I have read the rest of the series in order, with "Lost River" being the most recent novel I have finished. Fulmer has an excellent ability to blend the characters and the plot together without losing one or the other. He also depicts an excellent recount of what New Orleans was like during that time period. St. Cyr is just as determined as ever to hold on to Justine and resist the call back to Storyville but the call to Storyville is too strong for him to resist with the ending result of him losing Justine-for a short time. The novel has a happy ending between Justine and St. Cyr and also leaves a bit of a cliffhanger. However, I think what I like the most about Fulmer's mysteries is how the culprit is the last person anyone would suspect, much less even pay attention too. He keeps the culprits in the shadow which makes the reader speculate until the final curtain call. That is the best aspect of the Valentin St. Cyr series