Maggie Slone, fast-talking newspaper reporter, covered a special assignment in Gaston Villiere's renowned cafe Le Coq d'Or on Mardi Gras night. Along with a good meal, she got an earful of a melodramatic conversation at a nearby table. At the table were two couples. One pair, a blond young man and a green-eyed glamour girl, have a row and break-up the party.
The next day, Maggie is assigned to cover a suicide-the blond young man of the night before. Odd circumstances shroud his death and, even as the reporter tries to fit the puzzle together, the green-eyed Nita is found garroted in a patio in the French Quarter, just behind the home of the Pacellis, a poor Italian family.
Maggie's attempts to solve the murder carry her into strange situations, including a powwow with a group of people which includes one man who seems determined to imprison her. When little Tina Pacelli is kidnapped, Maggie gets down to brass tacks and walks smack into trouble, and more murder.
The riotous color of the New Orleans Mardi Gras, the fast-paced excitement of the newspaper office, and Maggie's talent for trouble are all come together in this thrilling novel. Events move with lightning speed, striking into the heart of a man where hate born of hurt has smoldered for years-finally breaking out in a flame of murder.
Elisabet M. Stone was born in Hempstead, Texas, a town once known as "Six Shooter Junction." She worked at newspapers and magazines where she did everything from covering police to society and editing a tropical garden page. She has lived and worked all over the country but mainly in New Orleans, New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Washington D.C.