In the red-light district New Orleans, players of the new music they call "jass"
have been turning up dead.
To Storyville detective Valentin St. Cyr, it's no surprise. These characters,
mostly lowdown "rounders," walk on the wild side, working their rowdy music through the night and spending their days in excess that sets the tone for a hundred years of American musical mayhem to follow.
Anyway, the Creole detective has his own problems. With his woman Justine drifting back to the life of a sporting girl, the last thing he needs is some tawdry distraction.
But this is Storyville, and nothing is ever quite as it seems. Once Valentin is persuaded to investigate, he discovers that the deaths are not random at all,
because every one of the victims once played in the same band. Four are dead,
and the only one left alive has gone into hiding.
As he digs deeper, Valentin becomes convinced that a certain mysterious woman is the key to the mystery. He's digging too deep, though, and soon Tom
Anderson, "The King of Storyville," police lieutenant J. Picot, and even the
Chief of Police want him off the case. It's all the proof he needs that there is something larger and darker at the heart of this sordid business.
Indeed, this is a tale of dark secrets that lurk in the shadows of the New
Orleans nights, under the painted faces of the sporting girls, and especially behind the loud, wild music that echoes up the scarlet streets.
"Jass" is a compelling sequel to David Fulmer's award-winning and critically-acclaimed "Chasing the Devil's Tail" - an even deeper and darker journey into the bloody and raucous miasma called Storyville
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New Orleans 1909.Valentin St. Cyr is providing protection at a local saloon for the 'King Of Storyville' Tom Anderson.St Cyr's other occupation is that of a P.I.He hasn't worked in over over a year since he solved the 'Black Rose Murders' ,a case which saw him loose a childhood friend and put him at odds with Anderson and Lt.J.Picot of the N.O.P.D.St.Cyr has become withdrawn from his girlfriend and shied away from investigative work.There are some in Storyville who will say he's lost his edge and his uncanny investigative ability.When two local jass musicians are found dead,St.Cyr shows little interest.It's not until a third is murdered that St.Cyr is coerced into investigating by his friend,bawdy house piano player Jelly Roll Morton.It soon becomes apparent to St.Cyr these killings are not random, all the dead musicians have something in common.As the body count rises,St.Cyr finds himself in a race to catch a cunning killer.As he digs deeper he's warned off the case by powerful people.If he continues, he jeopardizes the life of the woman who loves him,or he can continue and seek justice for an innocent friend.From the violent opening scene to the poignant ending,David Fulmer has created a dark atmospheric thriller of a time gone by.
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