|This was an advance galley copy. Josie is an intelligent hard working girl in 1950's New Orleans who dreams of going to college and escaping the life that was handed to her. Her mother is a prostitute and a thief, and Josie works at cleaning the brothel house each morning and running errands for its streetwise, powerful madame Willie, who can hustle, drink and shoot better than any man, and who has the respect and fear of the Quarter. By day, Josie helps runs a book shop where she lives, trying to earn enough money to go to college. However, Josie's life changes when a man who visted the book shop winds up dead 24 hours later. Soon, Josie is caught up in a web of lies, coverups, and must hold her own against powerful businessmen, dangerous crooks and mobsters in order to make it out of the Big Easy alive.