“… a taut and charged historical novel…set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. Living and working in a bookshop, 17-year-old Josie Moraine dreams of attending college, anything to get away from her mother, a prostitute with Hollywood dreams and a knack for getting involved with the worst men. When Josie becomes involved in a high-profile murder investigation, she becomes even more entrenched in her circumstances. The sensual yet rigidly class-based setting is a real standout, and Sepetys has also built a stellar cast, which includes Willie, a strident but generous madam; Charlie Marlowe, the bookshop’s owner; and a pair of potential love interests for Josie. Readers will find Josie irresistible from the get-go (‘The only reason I’d lift my skirt is to pull out my pistol and plug you,’ she tells a guy early on) and will devour the sultry mix of mystery, historical detail, and romance.” —Publishers Weekly. Grades 9+.