Going Back to New Orleans

A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole

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"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." -- Jonathan Swift

Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans--selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life--is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work.

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Black Hornet

By James Sallis

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"A sniper appears in 1960s New Orleans, a sun-baked city of Black Panthers and other separatists. Five people have been fatally shot. When the sixth victim is killed, Lew Griffin is standing beside her. He's black and she's white, and though they are virtual strangers, it is left to Griffin to avenge her death, or at least to try and make some sense of it. His unlikely allies include a crusading black journalist, a longtime supplier of mercenary arms and troops, and bail bondsman Frankie DeNoux.Yet it is the character of Lew Griffin that takes center stage, as in each of Sallis's highly praised books."

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Death by Design

By Laura Childs

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"Death by Design brings the first three Scrapbooking mysteries together for the first time! Keepsake Crimes introduces Carmela Bertrand and her booming scrapbooking shop, Memory Mine, on the fringe of New Orleans's French Quarter. When Carmela's estranged husband is named a suspect in a Mardi Gras murder, it is Carmela who must find the clues to the real killer-in one of her customer's scrapbooks.
In Photo Finished, Carmela is hosting a late-night "Crop Till You Drop" session at her shop. But when a neighboring shop owner is murdered in the alley behind the store, Carmela's customers become the focus of the police investigation.
And finally, in Bound for Murder, Carmela is creating custom place settings for a wedding party when she discovers the groom with a knife protruding from his body. Carmela must help the bride pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder with more than one lethal loose end."

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Definitely Dead

By Charlaine Harris

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The new Sookie Stackhouse novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Dead as a Doornail.
Spiked with a "frothy fusion of romance, mystery, and fantasy" (Publishers Weekly), this "deliciously fiendish...increasingly riotous series" (Dallas Morning News) sends the supernaturally gifted cocktail waitress to New Orleans, where she has to deal with the legacy of one of her own family and a host of potentially dangerous characters

 

 

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Fever Season

By Barbara Hambly

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"The summer of 1833 has been one of brazen heat and brutal pestilence, as the city is stalked by Bronze John--the popular name for the deadly cholera epidemic that tests the healing skills of doctor and voodoo alike. Benjamin January's Paris medical training keeps him all night long with the dying at Charity Hospital. Then his work as a music teacher takes him out again into the fetid, empty midday streets. Empty except for Cora Chouteau, a dark-skinned plantation waif come to town in search of her lover, sold in slavery to one of its prominent families. Though January's certain she's a runaway, he agrees to try to pass a message to the man she seeks. Soon, however, he learns that Cora is accused of murdering her lecherous master, Otis Redfern, and poisoning his wife almost to death. And of stealing five thousand dollars and a pearl necklace. Yet it seems that Emily Redfern herself, iron-willed and socially ambitious, had cause to wish her profligate husband dead. And Cora, too--or so the girl insists.... Before Ben can unpick one story from the other, Cora disappears into the torrid night."
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French Quarter

By Stella Cameron

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When New Orleans businessman Errol Petrie hires Celina Payne to represent "Dreams"--a company that caters to the whims of the wealthy and uses the profits to fund the wishes of dying children--her newfound happiness is soon shattered by Petrie's untimely death.

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How To Be Lost: a Novel

By Amanda Eyre Ward

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Caroline Winters, a New Orleans cocktail waitress, heads west to look for her sister, Ellie, who has been missing since she was six.

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Interview with the Vampire

By Anne Rice

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"The time is now.

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks--as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . ."

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Iron Lace

By Emilie Richards

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Behind the iron gates of wealthy New Orleans, beneath the veneer of her society name, linger truths that Aurore Gerritsen has hidden for a lifetime. Now, as Aurore faces her own mortality, she needs to reveal the secrets that have haunted her for so many years.

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Jass

By David Fulmer

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In the rowdy red-light district of Storyville, four players of the new music they call "jass" have turned up dead. When Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to investigate, he discovers that every one of the victims once played in the same band, and the only one left alive has gone into hiding. As he digs deeper, Valentin becomes convinced that a shadowy woman is the key to the mystery. His efforts to find her touch nerves, and soon Tom Anderson, known as the "King of Storyville," police lieutenant J. Picot, and even the mayor of New Orleans want him off the case. It's all the proof Valentin needs that there is something even larger and darker at the heart of this sordid business.

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