Rampart Street (Storyville #3)
From Shamus award winner David Fulmer comes another mystery in his acclaimed Storyville series.
Just returned to New Orleans and only recently having solved the case of the jass murders, Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr is reluctantly drawn into the investigation of a new murderthat of a well-to-do gentleman on seedy Rampart Street. Soon another society man turns up dead,...more
Fulmer, David – 3rd in series
Harcourt, 2006- Hardcover
After 15 months away, Creole Detective Valerian St. Cyr in back in New Orleans’s red-light district of Storyville. He has lost weight, no longer exhibits his usual style, nor interest in life around him. In an effort to bring him back to himself, his employer, Boss Tom Anderson, conveniences him to investigate the murder of a wealthy, white businessman found dead in Storyville. St. C ...more
I like the detective. I can't think of a character I hate. The plot is a slow ambling toward the solution. And it works. There isn't any big action sequence. The answer is obvious at the beginning, but the why is the mystery. The solution is layered and makes sense. The resolution is okay as well.
My biggest problem is the depressing overall nature of the book. Everyone seems to be moving through life convinced of its hopelessness. That ...more