November 18. 1917. America has begun to just send
troops “Over There” as part of the Great War effort. The
Roaring Twenties are on the horizon. And in New
Orleans, Storyville is closing its doors after twenty years
as the only legally-sanctioned the red-light district in
On the morning of this last twenty-four hours, private
detective Valentin St. Cyr rises to be greeted by a shot
fired through the window of the bedroom he shares with is
wife Justine. And so begins The Day Ends at Dawn, the
seventh and final novel in David Fulmer’s acclaimed St.
It becomes clear early on that a mysterious man who goes
by “Mr. Blank” is out to strike at the detective and then
kill him before the Storyville clock runs out. Who and
why are unknown, but a pattern is set by attacks on those
closest to him: Each, Valentin’s eyes and ears on the New
Orleans streets; Tom Anderson, the one-time “King of
Storyville”; Frank Mangetta, the Sicilian saloonkeeper
who stood up for Valentin after his father’s tragic death;
Evangeline, the curious woman who has come to live with
them; Lieutenant James McKinney, the police presence on
Valentin’s cases; and Justine, once a quadroon “sporting
girl” and Valentin’s wife for seven years.
More characters in his orbit arrive to help, hinder, or
witness his travails: Lulu White, the most famous madam
in all of New Orleans, returning at long last; former
police captain J. Picot, Valentin’s long-time nemesis; and
finally, 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.