1920s New Orleans: a city of bootleg gin, hot jazz, gangsters and voodoo.
In a slave shack on his family estate, lawyer Charles St Claire has been found brutally murdered. In the big house, soaked in her husband's blood, stands his wife - a hometown girl made good - a glamorous Hollywood film star.
As in any small town, suspects, lawyers, and the police all know each other - and the prime suspect. Many, including the investigating detective, are her former lovers. As each works to his own agenda, the layers of deceit and entangled relationships build into a delicious and dark portrayal of unforgettable people, in a time and a place like no other.