The Day Ends at Dawn
November 18. 1917. America has begun to just send troops “Over
There” as part of the Great War effort. The Roaring Twenties are on
the horizon. And in New Orleans, Storyville is closing its doors after
twenty years as the only legally-sanctioned the red-light district in
On the morning of this last twenty-four hours, private detective
Valentin St. Cyr rises to be greeted by a shot fired through the
window of the bedroom he shares with is wife Justine. And so begins
The Day Ends at Dawn, the seventh and final novel in David Fulmer’s
acclaimed St. Cyr series.
It becomes clear early on that a mysterious man who goes by “Mr.
Blank” is out to strike at the detective and then kill him before the
Storyville clock runs out. Who and why are unknown, but a pattern is
set by attacks on those closest to him: Each, Valentin’s eyes and ears
on the New Orleans streets; Tom Anderson, the one-time “King of
Storyville”; Frank Mangetta, the Sicilian saloonkeeper who stood up
for Valentin after his father’s tragic death; Evangeline, the curious
woman who has come to live with them; Lieutenant James McKinney,
the police presence on Valentin’s cases; and Justine, once a quadroon
“sporting girl” and Valentin’s wife for seven years.
More characters in his orbit arrive to help, hinder, or witness his
travails: Lulu White, the most famous madam in all of New Orleans,
returning at long last; former police captain J. Picot, Valentin’s long-
time nemesis; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the madman musician who
was the detective’s childhood friend.
Through the morning, noon, and night and into the dawn, Valentin
seeks to protect his family and friends and take down Mr. Blank.All
this, over the wild and raucous last night of the infamous place called
November 20, 2018