Gilded Greed puts a human face on revenge, corruption and desire, revealing the darkest secrets of the Gilded Age in New Orleans: violence, prostitution and Voodoo.
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (PRWEB) September 22, 2011
This novel newly released by Dog Ear Publishing brings back the days of the Gilded Age, the post-Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War, from about 1877 to 1900. Opulent self-indulgence defined this period. There was also a dark side – greed, corruption and human exploitation to degrees that became practicing tenets of those who wielded power.
One of the most divisive political debates of the Gilded Age, the renewal of the Louisiana Lottery, was the social and political issue of the day. The Lottery Company has its own political survival to ensure and the stakes are high for the company to succeed. The elite, lottery stockholders and those connected to Tammany Hall are pitted against anti-lottery forces that threaten the continuance of this greedy and corrupt enterprise.
Gilded Greed puts a human face on revenge, corruption and desire, revealing the darkest secrets of the Gilded Age in New Orleans: violence, prostitution and Voodoo. The vividly drawn characters evoke the tenor of the times – a newspaper reporter determined to expose the fraudulent lottery, a Tammany Hall insider who finds conflict and love with the forbidden while doing New York’s bidding, and a local Creole rogue seeking vengeance and dominance. Well-respected Creole residents, Voodoo practitioners, prostitutes of every stripe and mob members round out the cast of characters. The streets of the old French Quarter are already 175 years old. The rot and ruin of this old center only adds to the contrasts of the times, that Gilded Age in New Orleans, providing the perfect backdrop for this spellbinding story that brings history to life.
Author Kathryn Callahan knows the city well. She has immersed herself in the culture, history, architecture and every street and alley of the old Quarter over the past 25 years. This is her first novel, written after Callahan spent more than 30 years as an insurance executive and running an award-winning bed and breakfast inn on Cape Cod. She lives in Plymouth, Mass.
To learn more, visit http://www.KathrynCallahan.com
GILDED GREED: A STORY OF CORRUPTION, REVENGE AND DESIRE IN OLD NEW ORLEANS
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-145750-238-5 440 pages $18.95 US
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