Jass: A Valentin St. Cyr Mystery (Valentin St. Cyr Mysteries)

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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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In the rowdy red-light district of Storyville, four players of the new music they call "jass" have turned up dead. When Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to investigate, he discovers that every one of the victims once played in the same band, and the only one left alive has gone into hiding.
As he digs deeper, Valentin becomes convinced that a shadowy woman is the key to the mystery. His efforts to find her touch nerves, and soon Tom Anderson, known as the "King of Storyville," police lieutenant J. Picot, and even the mayor of New Orleans want him off the case. It's all the proof Valentin needs that there is something even larger and darker at the heart of this sordid business.
Seductively told, expertly plotted, and terrifically concluded, Jass is the perfect encore to Fulmer's first novel in the Valentin St. Cyr series.

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"Fulmer is in fine form. The city and culture he portrays are as rich and dark as its coffee. With language that can get as rough as his characters, he paints a realistic picture of one of this country's most famous underworlds--and the beginnings of its greatest indigenous art."--"The Boston Globe"
"[A] vivid portrait of a great city at one of its most exciting moments. Fulmer is a graceful, evocative writer, and if you love New Orleans and its music, his novel summons up sweet memories."--"The Washington Post Book World"

PRAISE FOR "JASS"

"Fulmer is in fine form. The city and culture he portrays are as rich and dark as its coffee. With language that can get as rough as his characters, he paints a realistic picture of one of this country's most famous underworlds--and the beginnings of its greatest indigenous art."--"The Boston Globe"

"[A] vivid portrait of a great city at one of its most exciting moments. Fulmer is a graceful, evocative writer, and if you love New Orleans and its music, his novel summons up sweet memories."--"The Washington Post Book World"

PRAISE FOR"JASS"

"Fulmer is in fine form. The city and culture he portrays are as rich and dark as its coffee. With language that can get as rough as his characters, he paints a realistic picture of one of this country's most famous underworlds--and the beginnings of its greatest indigenous art."--"The Boston Globe"

"[A] vivid portrait of a great city at one of its most exciting moments. Fulmer is a graceful, evocative writer, and if you love New Orleans and its music, his novel summons up sweet memories."--"The Washington Post Book World"

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