Jazz in David Fulmer's novels

The just-posted July issue of the free online Southern Review of Books newsletter, an Anvil Publishers publication, features an interview with Atlanta novelist David Fulmer. Originally published by Poisoned Pen Press, and now with Harcourt, Fulmer has written several novel series. His first successful novel, Chasing the Devil's Tail, was a Shamus award-winner.Fulmer specializes in the mystery genre, and most of his works reflect his interest in the history of jazz and the blues in America.

Some of his most popular works, such as Chasing the Devil's Tail and Jass, are set in the once vibrant Storyville bordello district in New Orleans. Jazz pioneers Jelly Roll Morton and Buddy Bolden play cameo roles in the novels, while much of his focus is on the prostitutes who populated the notorious district.

In addition to novels, Fulmer has written for The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Southline, National Public Radio, The All-Music Guide and Blues Access. He wrote and produced the documentary "Blind Willie's Blues" about one of the South's most important male blues singers, Blind Willie McTell. Video Librarian called the film "nothing less than the economic, social, and historical evolution of America's indigenous music, " and it earned him a nomination for a W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive Award.

On his way to becoming a successful novelist, he has worked as a welder, bartender, musician and teacher, and spent ten years in the motorsports industry, which included driving in Sports Car Club of America competition. A native of Pennsylvania, Fulmer lives in Atlanta with his daughter Italia.

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