Empire of Sin

A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans

From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans' other civil war.

By Gary Krist Read by Robertson Dean History - United States / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 10h 48m Sell Sheet Also available on
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9 Audio CDs December 9, 2014 $29.99 $19.99 9781633793231 Add to Cart
2 MP3 CDs December 9, 2014 $19.99 $14.99 9781633793279 Add to Cart
							Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite 'better half' against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.

Starred review. "[A] rich, well-structured story more vivid and twist-filled than most crime fiction...Armed with both well-placed primary sources and an addictive, climactic narrative, Krist leads a perfect trip into the short-lived societal experiment aptly named 'Storyville.'" - Publishers Weekly

Top 10 Editors’ Picks BEA 2014. "In the vein of Erik Larson's best seller The Devil in the White City, Gary Krist's expose of New Orleans at the turn of the century...proves that truth really is stranger than fiction by detailing the prominent figures within Storyville, the Crescent City's red-light district...Fans of Boardwalk Empire would enjoy this crime thriller as well." - Library Journal

"A colorful account...richly detailed...lively...A wild, well-told tale." - Kirkus Reviews

"Focusing on the battle for (and against) morality in 'the Sodom of the South' from the 1890s to the early 20th century, Krist's hard-to-put-down read recounts a volatile time for vice in a town built on it." - Where New Orleans