Friday, February 06, 2009

Book review: Lost River by David Fulmer (Haughton Mifflin, 2009)

It's 1913 in New Orleans, the local music called "jass" is well on its way to becoming the American artform "jazz" and Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr is making a go of it in the straight world, working for law firms and moving in with his long time love Justine. But St. Cyr's roots in the red light district of Storyville run deep, and when a killer begins stalking patrons of the districts bordellos, St. Cyr is drawn back in, risking everything to track down the killer. Fulmer's channeling of old-time New Orleans, with the music, corruption and diversity is always a joy to read. You really get the sense of stepping back in time to an era when the underground economy was king, cops collected the graft and the great trumpet players were called "King" and "Kid." Lovers of history, mystery and music are encouraged to check out this wonderful series.

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