Francis Muldoon is a special policeman in the notorious Storyville District of New Orleans in 1913. His job is to see that the District's volatile mixture of sex, alcohol, and gambling doesn't boil over but instead rolls along at a continuous simmer. Once a member of the city's regular police force, he now works for the District's vice lord, Tom ...
Francis Muldoon is a special policeman in the notorious Storyville District of New Orleans in 1913. His job is to see that the District's volatile mixture of sex, alcohol, and gambling doesn't boil over but instead rolls along at a continuous simmer. Once a member of the city's regular police force, he now works for the District's vice lord, Tom Anderson, patrolling his patron's honky-tonks and saloons and whorehouses--both the high-priced bordellos and the coffinlike cribs where the girls work with only a cot and a washbasin. When Adele, a beautiful singer at the Tuxedo dance hall, draws Francis into a contentious rivalry for her affection, a fatal shootout is the inevitable conclusion, sending the District into a scalding eruption and revealing the central characters for what they are. Filled with the rich atmosphere of America's most colorful city, "Redemption" is the powerfully told tale of a man's efforts to restore the integrity of his soul.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-11 In this second fictional outing (after eight nonfiction titles and 1929: A Novel of the Jazz Age), Turner evokes the debauchery of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century with intoxicating period detail. The grip of longtime vice lord Tom Anderson on the Storyville District's diversions of booze, half-hour whores and high-class brothels is challenged by the arrival of the Parker brothers, whose gangster money and thug muscle have Anderson's crew looking over their shoulders. Francis "Fast-Mail" Muldoon, the lost-soul protagonist, was a champion runner as a boy (hence the nickname) and then a city cop, before he was crippled in a shooting and falsely accused of cowardice; now he's Anderson's "man about town." But he's reluctant to be drawn into the escalating turf war, and his loyalty to the man who gave him a job after he hit bottom shatters when he uncovers his boss's ongoing romance with a young saloon singer (the object of Muldoon's own stunted affections) whom Anderson had first taken as a lover when she was his teenaged stepdaughter. Fast-Mail's redemption in the bloody finale is the soul-warming center of this emotionally complex page-turner. Turner's sense of time and placeAincluding a cameo by real-life prostitute photographer BellocqAimbue the novel with atmosphere as steamy as a New Orleans summer day. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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