Chasing the Devil's Tail

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jul 1, 2003 - Fiction - 348 pages
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Storyville, 1907: In this raucous, bloody, red-light district, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade in grand mansions and filthy dime-a-trick cribs, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows like an amber river, there's a killer loose. Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose. As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to unravel the murder against this extraordinary backdrop, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district's most notorious madam; a young piano player who would come to be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz and is now losing his mind.
No ordinary mystery, Chasing the Devil's Tail is a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the very moment when jazz was born.

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Review: Chasing the Devil's Tail (Storyville #1)

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David fulmer does such a stellar job at setting the scene, atmosphere, and mood. This book is no exception but the pace of plot dragged a bit so that by the end I forgot some of the minor characters ... Read full review

Review: Chasing the Devil's Tail (Storyville #1)

User Review  - Ron Holmes - Goodreads

As I am interested in New Orleans, this is a very interesting story. The time is 1907 and some of the "girls" are getting murdered. It is a mystery that I almost figured out before the end. Yes, of ... Read full review

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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.

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