Have you read Erik Larson's bestseller The Devil in the White City (or another work of history that reads like fiction)? Share in the comments!

From bestselling author Gary Krist, Empire of Sin is a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans’ other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City.

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.

“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.”
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  • Vickie Ehlers Cyr

    Can’t wait to get my copy. Sounds like a great read.

    I read Eric Larson’s “Devil in the White City” and loved it. I really like nonfiction and especially the books that read like fiction. Simon Winchester’s historical books read easy like that also.

  • Dr Ley

    I so look forward to reading this.

  • librarypat

    I am looking forward to reading this. I will have to check my shelves to see if I have his other book. Thanks.