Papa La-Bas Author:John Dickson Carr It was the end of carnival-time in New Orleans-Easter Sunday-April 11, 1858. Dick Macrae, Her Majesty's Consul in that colorful city, who rarely dined at home, had dined at home that evening. He was looking at the turned-off fountain in his patio and brooding. Ge'd had a feeling that he was being followed, which was disquieting to say the least.... more » And he was wondering about his new assistant, Harry Ludlow, who was on his way down the river to New Orleans by steamboat and should be arriving shortly.
The person who did arrive to disturb the consul's quiet, thoughtful evening was Madame de Sancerre, a Creole beauty and the forty-year-old mother of an even more famous beauty, Margot, whose spirits were perhaps too high-or was it a touch of the devil in her?
Margot and her best friend, the lovely Ursula, were well-brought-up young ladies-except-what had they to do with the Quadroon Ball-or with the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau? Why did young Tim Clayton (who loved Margot) find himself having to fight a riverboat gambler? How could a girl vanish from a carriage while her friends were watching?
John Dickson Carr has caught beautifully the strange, lush country and the sometimes brawling city that was New Orleans a hundred years ago. From manor house to docks to byways, to small rooms filled with dark magic, his story races-with swirls of crinoline, the rumble of wheels, and an occasional pistol or two.« less