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Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist (Crown, 2014)

New York Times Bestseller

Washington Post Top 10 Best Books of 2014

Seattle Times Best Books of 2014

Library Journal Top 10 Best Books of 2014

“A well-reported and colorful tale of jazz, sex, crime, and corruption. I can attest, as a native of New Orleans, that Krist has captured the flavors and class nuances of the town. And his interwoven storylines, intentional or note, evoke a piece of jazz.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Krist can turn a phrase with the best. He also allows his characters and sources plenty of opportunity to speak, with the result a delightful conversation. The remainder of Storyville’s tale provides ample fodder for Mr. Krist’s talent as a storyteller and strength as a researcher. He has written the authoritative account of a raucous American experiment.”—Wall Street Journal

“A meticulously researched, mesmerizing account of New Orleans’ outsized vice wars. The book itself is a masterful sleight-of-hand… lifting data and record to poetry. Empire of Sin isn’t simply the story of how New Orleans came to be, but rather how New Orleans came to learn to fight.”—Chicago Tribune

Eve Claxton