Storyville, 1907: In this raucous, bloody, red-light district, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade in grand mansions and filthy dime-a-trick cribs, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows like an amber river, there's a killer loose. Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose. As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to unravel the murder against this extraordinary backdrop, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district's most notorious madam; a young piano player who would come to be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz and is now losing his mind.
No ordinary mystery, Chasing the Devil's Tail is a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the very moment when jazz was born.
PRAISE FOR CHASING THE DEVIL'S TAIL
"A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans of the very early 1900s."--Los Angeles Times
"A wonderful rendition of a particular world at a very distinctive time."--The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
"Captures Storyville in all its creative, mystical and sordid excess."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Debut novelist David Fulmer has created an amazing story, and he makes it look easy."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)