Gary Krist has returned once more with Empire Of Sin, a well researched historical look into corruption, murder, and coverups in an American City. This time he explores what he calls the battle for Modern New Orleans which took place from the late 1890s to the early 1900s. Like his previous work, this one is a real page turner.
Many books covering historical events are dry and tedious but Empire Of Sin is nearly impossible to put down. Sometimes reading like fiction, Krist has the ability to paint a picture and draw the reader in and leave them wanting to learn more.
Murder in the streets leading to the Paris Prison Lynching, mafia fear, prejudices, and greed all helped play into the proverbial powder keg that finally blew up and changed New Orleans forever at the turn of the century. The characters in these pages are a diverse and rich lot and their story has never been told quite like this before.
Corrupt government vs. a dark underworld is nothing new and this documentation shows that things are rarely cut and dry as good guys sometimes turn out to be bad guys and vice versa. The tug of war for control has no rules and those who hold the power will do anything to retain it, no matter the cost.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.