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The year is 1927, a time for bootleg gin, hot jazz, and sudden death. The place is New Orleans, a city that inters its dead above ground but keeps all its secrets deeply buried. Here native son and seasoned homicide cop Daman Rourke, a haunted widower also mourning the death of a fellow cop and close friend, walks into a crime scene of appalling bloodshed.

On a hot summer night, inside a former slave shack on the St. Claire estate, reckless, womanizing attorney Charles St. Claire has been brutally stabbed to death. And in the elegantly appointed big house, a world-celebrated beauty stands covered in her husband's blood, trying to hide the bruises on her face and professing her innocence. She is Remy Lelourie, Hollywood's goddess, St. Claire's wife, and the woman who once broke Rourke's heart.

Against all the visible evidence, Rourke embarks on a quest to prove Remy's innocence, putting his own life and family in jeopardy, and finds himself slipping into the dark, hidden crevices of the city he thought he knew.

©2000 by Penn Williamson; (P) and ©2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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