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Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans

 
 
Author
Gary Krist.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780770437060
Pages/Publication Date 417/2014
Daedalus Item Code 63717
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(Selected as one of the Top 10 Books of 2014 by the Washington Post, Seattle Times, and Library Journal) In his follow-up to City of Scoundrels and The White Cascade, Gary Krist takes us back to early 20th-century New Orleans and the city's ferocious, three-decade war against itself, pitting the city's elite "better half" against its powerful, long-entrenched underworld of vice, debauchery, and crime. At the center of his chronicle stands Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's red-light district, Storyville, fighting desperately to keep his empire intact. Here too are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading reformers, dissolute jazzmen, venal politicians, and one very violent serial killer.

"[A] rich, well-structured story more vivid and twist-filled than most crime fiction.... Armed with both well-placed primary sources and an addictive, climactic narrative, Krist leads a perfect trip into the short-lived societal experiment aptly named 'Storyville'."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In the vein of Erik Larson's best seller The Devil in the White City, Gary Krist's exposé of New Orleans at the turn of the century ... proves that truth really is stranger than fiction by detailing the prominent figures within Storyville.... Fans of Boardwalk Empire would enjoy this crime thriller as well."—Library Journal

 
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