Empire of Sin
Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
By Gary Krist
Empire of Sin recreates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-year 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.