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Title:
Empire of sin : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans
Author:
Krist, Gary, author.
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2014]

℗2014
Physical Description:
9 audio discs (10 hr., 48 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans' other civil war. -- This early-twentieth-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides.
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Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781633793231
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Audiobook on CD

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Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite 'better half' against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.


Author Notes

Gary Krist was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1957. He graduated from Princeton University and studied literature at the Universitaet Konstanz on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is an author and journalist. His first collection of short stories, The Garden State, was published in 1988 and won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. His other works of fiction include Bone by Bone, Bad Chemistry, Chaos Theory, and Extravagance. His non-fiction works include The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche and City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago. He is a regular book reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and the Washington Post Book World. He has won numerous awards including the Stephen Crane Award and a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Travel Journalism.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This well-researched book captures an exciting chapter in the history of Louisiana's most vibrant city. During the late Victorian era, New Orleans reformers hoped to confine the city's notorious vices to one officially sanctioned district, Storyville, in order to protect the wealthier neighborhoods from seediness. Brothers, saloons, and jazz halls filled the lively, violent neighborhood, from which larger-than-life figures emerged, such as Tom Anderson, the "major of Storyville," jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton, and the "Axeman of New Orleans," a serial killer with a penchant for grocers. Narrator Dean excels in delivering this rich look at the birth of New Orleans and the struggle over its morality. His voice, a deep clear baritone, delivers the countless stories of shootings, seductions, and crime lords with enough solemnity to underscore the historical evolution of the city, but inflects the perfect touch of wryness while relaying the scandalous events and outrageous characters. An entertaining, educational listen. A Crown hardcover. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Krist (City of Scoundrels) presents a fascinating look into attempts to change New Orleans's rough-and-ready reputation during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The city's elite worried that its wide-open sexuality, violence, and race mixing prevented Eastern bankers from investing capital in New Orleans, especially in the growing petroleum industry. They restricted prostitution to the infamous Storyville red-light district and pushed the notoriously corrupt police department to clamp down on violence in the Italian American community. They also persuaded the Louisiana state legislature to pass strict Jim Crow laws. All this enriched elements of the New Orleans underworld, especially Tom Anderson, the so-called Mayor of Storyville, who became wealthy through running brothels and bars. Robertson Dean does an excellent job presenting this tale. VERDICT This interesting and entertaining audiobook is recommended to all listeners. ["Highly recommended for readers interested in New Orleans and also for those looking for a readable collection of true stories from one of America's most fascinating metropolises," read the starred review of the Crown hc, LJ 10/1/14; a Top Ten Best Book of 2014, LJ 1/15.]-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.