The Day Ends at Dawn
A mysterious man who goes by “Mr. Blank” is out to kill Valentin before the clock runs out. Why is unknown, and those closest to him are all at risk: Justine, once a quadroon “sporting girl” and Valentin’s wife for the past seven years; Each, Valentin’s eyes and ears on the New Orleans streets; Tom Anderson, the one-time “King of Storyville”; Frank Mangetta, his Sicilian uncle; Evangeline, the lost woman who now lives with Valentin and his wife; and Lieutenant James McKinney, the steady police presence on Valentin’s cases.
More characters from the past arrive: Lulu White, the most famous madam in all of New Orleans; former police captain J. Picot, Valentin’s long-time nemesis; and Buddy Bolden, the madman musician who was the detective’s childhood friend. Through the morning, noon, and night, and into the dawn, Valentin seeks to protect his family and friends and take down Mr. Blank. All this, over the wild and raucous last night of the infamous place called Storyville. THE DAY ENDS AT DAWN is published by Crescent City Books