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Dick Adler of Chicago Tribune says:
"...New Orleans has long been a streetcar straight to a mystery lover's heart. Now comes a debut book by Leonce Gaiter that deserves a place on that map."
John Broussard of I Love a Mystery says:
"Gaiter manages to keep the reader guessing up to the last... a riveting tale of inter-racial hatred and its effects on both blacks and whites."
African-American Literature Book Club says:
"It has been a long while since I read a book as complex and gorgeous as Bourbon Street... a sheer joy to read from beginning to end." (Read the review.)
Kirkus Reviews says:
"The ensuing cycle of Mardi Gras violence is set forth in prose by turns as grandiloquent as Faulkner and clipped and stylized to a fare-thee-well."
In 1958, gambler Deke Watley leaves the comfort of Texas for the toxic chiaroscuro of Mardi Gras New Orleans. He smells the chance of a lifetime. But from the moment Deke enters the plush world of blinded, but still powerful business magnate August Moreau and his half-black son--the mercurial, angry, wildly inventive Alex--no one that Deke encounters is quite what he seems. Not the desk clerk, who hides half his face behind a black silk sheath; not the well-spoken black bellhop who totes a gun in his expensively tailored suits. Not the cunning, insatiable Stacy or her timid husband, Pritchett. And certainly not the elusive, beautiful Hannah: She once killed a man, although that was some years after Deke knew, almost loved, and abandoned her in a small town back in Texas.
Amid the noise and the frenzy of Mardi Gras--drunken crowds, streamers flying like electric currents, bejeweled costumes glittering--Deke stumbles through this foreign, lurid town, seeking a return to the innocence he turned his back on long ago. However, time is running out and old debts must be paid before Deke--or any other hustler--leaves Bourbon Street alive.
"The past crawled all over the city like insects on a carcass." In this unimaginable world, Deke's destiny is talking him, and it often does not wear a mask.
"Bourbon Street" explores the dark side of the sad, notorious city called New Orleans.
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