-- Best First Novel - 2002 Shamus Awards
-- Best of 2003 List - Borders Books
-- Best New Series - Booklist
-- Nominee - 2002 LA Times Book Prize
-- Nominee - 2002 Barry Award
-- Nominee - 2005 Falcon Award
“A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans
of the very early 1900s. The characters are memorable and the period is
-- The Los Angeles Times
“The best part of this very good book is the writing, the see-it, feel-it,
touch-it style. It's a tribute to the power and demands of friendship,
and an explication of the curse of the musicalgenius....”
-- The Times-Picayune
“A five-star novel. Flawless.”
-- Jazz Review
"This atmospheric, accomplished novel brings to vivid, shocking life the
mansions of vice with their 'sporting girls' and their madams and, above all,
the tragic figure of King Bolden.”
-- The Telegraph (U.K.)
“Top-notch suspense fiction in an evocative and harrowing time and place.”
-- Jeffery Deaver
“A fascinating cast of characters in a novel steeped in a gumbo of race and
class, set against a background of jazz.”
“The sights and the smells and (crucially) the sounds of 1907 New Orleans are
vividly conjured by this remarkable first novel. “
-- January Magazine
“A story full of riposte and revelry where greed, jealousy, and hatred fuels
the need for murder in thefirst degree...Riveting.”
“A believable and spellbinding story, which will echo like the mournful
notes of good blues.”
-- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Fulmer effectively combines historical material-especially the story of Bolden's
descent into madness -- with a satisfyingly complex mystery.”
"David Fulmer has created an amazing story, and he makes it look easy."
-- The Plain Dealer
"The sights and the smells and (crucially) the sounds of 1907 New Orlean are
vividly conjured by this remarkable first novel.
-- January Magazine
"An exotic and erotic mixture of things we like: jazz, pimps, prostitutes, murder
and dirty politics. David Fulmer is a fine writer."
-- Nelson DeMille
|New Release of the Shamus Award Winner - April 2017
Storyville, New Orleans, 1907. Storyville, New Orleans. Along these scarlet
streets, two thousand “sporting women” service gentlemen and rounders in
grand mansions and filthy dime-a-trick cribs. The rye whiskey flows like a
brown river and morphine and cocaine are sold over the counter.
Meanwhile, the first crazy notes of the music they call jass are blasting out
of the saloons and dance halls.
Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr pursues a killer among the hustlers,
pimps, fancy men, madams, whores, thieves who swarm the twenty blocks
after the sun goes down. With a fascinating cast of characters that
includes Tom Anderson, “The King of Storyville,” the lovely one-time
“dove” Justine, the famed madam Lulu White, and the lunatic jazz pioneer
Buddy Bolden, Valentin polices a miasma of corruption and sin.
The Shamus Award winning novel melds history and fiction in a tale of
mayhem, madness, and murder in the only legally-sanctioned red light
district in American history.
|Also in the Storyville series...