From the early 1890s until 1930, the Storyville section of New Orleans was a haven for every vice imaginable. Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton played a new kind of music called jazz there, but Storyville was also home to a vicious serial killer called the Axman. — Alden Graves
From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City
Empire of Sinre-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.
About the Author
GARY KRISThas written for theNew York Times, Esquire, Salon, theWashington PostBook World, and elsewhere. He is the author of the bestsellingCity of Scoundrelsand the acclaimedThe White Cascade, as well as several works of fiction. He has been the recipient of the Stephen Crane Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Travel Journalism, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts."