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Shamus Award winner David Fulmer joins us today on Scene of the Crime to discuss New Orleans a the turn of the twentieth century. That–and more specifically the famous Storyville district–is the setting for his excellent series of novels featuring Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr. The series began with Fulmer’s first novel, Chasing the Devil’s Tail, from 2001. St. Cyr has appeared in three other novels in the series, Jass, Rampart Street, and Lost River.

The books have earned literary awards and critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times declared of his first novel, “A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans of the very early 1900s. The characters are memorable and the period is brilliantly recaptured.” “Music is the pulsating idiom of David Fulmer’s hot-blooded ‘Jass,’” wrote Marilyn Stasio in the New York Times. “Fulmer’s dialogue adds its lyric voice to the gut-bucket sounds and ragtime rhythms pouring out of the bars and up from the streets.” Of the third novel in the series, a Publishers Weekly reviewer observed, “St. Cyr is a great character, and the fascinating city and its larger-than-life denizens intrigue as much as the complicated plot.” A Christian Science Monitor critic termed the same workA bittersweet trip to New Orleans… A blues-drenched pleasure. And of Fulmer’s 2009 series addition, the Washington Post Book World commented, “Fulmer is both a fine writer and a marvelously evocative writer with an eye for character.” (more…)

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