Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' 30-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.
©2014 Gary Krist (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"[A] rich, well-structured story more vivid and twist-filled than most crime fiction... Armed with both well-placed primary sources and an addictive, climactic narrative, Krist leads a perfect trip into the short-lived societal experiment aptly named 'Storyville.'" (Publishers Weekly)
"...proves that truth really is stranger than fiction by detailing the prominent figures within Storyville, the Crescent City's red-light district... Fans of Boardwalk Empire would enjoy this crime thriller as well." (Library Journal)
"A colorful account... richly detailed... lively... A wild, well-told tale." (Kirkus Reviews)
I loved this book. It served to teach me so much about New Orleans that I never knew as well as make me crave more information about its history, culture, and music.
I didn't want this book to end.
I'm from South Louisiana and this book taught me a lot about New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century. Jazz, murder, debauchery, prostitution and the mob, what more do you want?
Its a manner of preference. I was referred to the book by a tour guide when I was in New Orleans and he mentioned this would be the perfect book to read by yourself having beers in a dark, quiet bar. He was absolutely right, it would make the perfect read in that and similar situations. It is also perfect as an audiobook for daily commutes.
I liked this book, it was an excellent listen and it was very well written and narrated.
New Orleans Adolescence
The vigilantes. How they justify what they did is horrifying.
He did a marvelous job of portraying all of them. Narration is superb.
No. I had to think about each development before listening to the next.
Truly excellent, provocative history of late 19th century New Orleans.
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