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.
A riveting follow-up to the award-winning Valentin St. Cyr mystery Chasing the Devil's Tail, Jass journeys further into the bloody and seedy netherworld that is Storyville, New Orleans.
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"Fulmer is a graceful, evocative writer, and if you love New Orleans and its music, his novel summons up sweet memories that have nothing to do with serial killers." --"Washington Post
"In a riveting encore to the award-winning mystery Chasing the Devil's Tail, David Fulmer brings us Jass. Here again is Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr, journeying further into the bloody netherworld of Storyville, New Orleans, that rowdy red-light district where saloons and dance halls echo with the raw and raucous music they call "jass." Four musicians have turned
up dead. Called upon to investigate the gruesome murders, St. Cyr discovers that all of the victims once played in the same band; the only one left alive has gone into hiding.
When a shadowy woman emerges as the key to the mystery, Valentin's efforts to find her touch nerves. Soon the police, the mayor, and even Tom Anderson--the notorious "King of Storyville"--want him off the case. But their efforts only convince him that something larger and darker lurks at the heart of this sordid business. Will he risk everything to get to the
"Think Jelly-Roll Morton meets Edgar Allan Poe. Think a 1900's New Orleans so drenched in atmosphere you can feel the thick air and smell the French moss hanging from the tall oak trees. Think jass bands, voodoo and bloody murder. Finally, think masterful story-telling."
-- Lawrence Cohn, Grammy winner, producer and author of "Nothin' but the Blues: The Music and the Musicians
Shamus Award winner David Fulmer has written about blues, jazz and a variety of other subjects for many publications. A writer and producer, he lives in Atlanta with his daughter, Italia.
David Fulmer's first novel, Chasing the Devil's Tail, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize and the winner of the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel. Fulmer lives in Atlanta with his daughter, Italia.
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