Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151011872, 352pp.
Publication Date: January 2009
The next heart-pounding chapter in Fulmer’s Storyville series featuring New Orleans detective Valentin St. Cyr Autumn 1913. Valentin St. Cyr has been absent from his Storyville stomping grounds for some months, trying to make it in the straight detective world and make a go of it with his longtime love, Justine. But then a man is found dead in a Storyville brothel.The madam immediately turns to the creole detective for help.He resists, but when several more bodies turn up in Storyville, Valentin can’t help but come to the aid of the place—and the people—he tried to leave behind.
Just when he has the case wrapped around his finger, it turns out Valentin has been played.The police captain thinks he’s meddling and may be guilty of murder.He’s on the run, and Justine has turned her back on him, retaliating with a handsome young fellow in a very sporty car. But is she being lured into a trap too?
Taking us back to his acclaimed and much-loved Storyville series, in Lost River award-winning author David Fulmer marks a heart-pounding return to the streets of early-1900s New Orleans.
DAVID FULMER's first novel, Chasing the Devil's Tail, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize and the winner of the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel. Fulmer lives in Atlanta.
Praise for David Fulmer's Storyville mysteries:
"You can almost taste the gumbo... Fulmer's languid, conversational style perfectly matches the Crescent City setting with its complex web of murder, corruption and betrayal." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans of the very early 1900s. . . . The period is brilliantly recaptured. If Fulmer has plans for future stories about St. Cyr and his real and imaginary Fourth Ward cronies, they'd be more than welcome here." --Los Angeles Times
"Jazzy, early 20th-century chills."
Valentin’s fourth case immediately draws the reader into its tapestry of the Big Easy in a memorable bygone era.
[Fulmer''s] feel for atmosphere and his increasingly subtle hand with character development keep the series from going stale . . . Early on, this series’ main appeal was its setting, but now it can hold its own with the most character-driven of historical mysteries.
Fans of hard-boiled writers like Raymond Chandler, Bill Pronzini, and James Lee Burke will enjoy Shamus Award winner Fulmer''s latest. Highly recommended.
Fulmer’s evocative prose captures the sights, sounds and smells of 1913 Storyville in his superior ''Lost River''....a testament to the never-ending saga of New Orleans.