Author: Christine Wiltz
Published: January 1, 1994 by Voices of the South, LSU Press
Category: fiction; crime
Main Character: Thea Tamborella, Burgess Monroe, Delzora Monroe, Bobby Buchanan; characters from the black and white neighborhoods of a city divided by fear.
When Thea Tamborella returns to New Orleans after a ten-year absence, she finds the city of her birth changed, still a place of deep contradictions, a sensuous blend of religion, tradition, bonhomie, and decadence, but now caught in a web of fear caused by bad economic times, crime, and racial unrest. When she meets again her childhood friend, Burgess Monroe, she finds out that he has become the biggest drug dealer in one of the city's most violent and dangerous housing projects. When a New Orleans policeman is murdered at the edge of the project, fear turns into a reign of terror as the police try to uncover the identify of one of the city's drug kingpins and the murderer of one of their own.