In a riveting encore to the award-winning mystery Chasing the Devil’s Tail, David Fulmer brings us Jass. Here again is Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr, journeying farther into the bloody netherworld of Storyville, New Orleans, that rowdy red-light district where saloons and dance halls echo with the raw and raucous music they call “jass.”
One musician after another turns up dead and called upon to investigate the gruesome murders, Valentin discovers that all of the victims once played in the same band. Now the only one left alive has gone into hiding.
When a shadowy woman emerges as the key to the mystery, Valentin’s efforts to find her touch nerves. Soon the police, the mayor, and even Tom Anderson—the notorious “King of Storyville”—want him off the case. But their efforts only convince him that something larger and darker lurks at the heart of this sordid business. Will he risk everything to get to the truth?
Indeed, this is a tale of dark secrets that lurk in the shadows of the New Orleans night, under the painted faces of the sporting girls, and especially behind the loud, wild music that echoes up the scarlet streets.