Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans

Gary Krist


From bestselling writer Gary Krist, a colourful and immersive account of latest Orleans’ other civil struggle, at a time whilst commercialized vice, jazz tradition, and endemic crime outlined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City
 
     Empire of Sin re-creates the notable tale of recent Orleans’ thirty-years battle opposed to itself, pitting the city’s elite “better part” opposed to its robust and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century conflict facilities on one guy: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to maintain his empire intact because it faces onslaughts from either side. Surrounding him are the tales of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading ethical reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one tremendous violent serial killer, all struggling with for primacy in a wild and depraved urban not like the other on the earth.

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