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"Mr. New Orleans is a rollicking, disturbing ride through the underbelly of a bygone New Orleans, lined with moments of dark, side-splitting hilarity. If you're a fan of James Lee Burke, drop what you're reading and pick this one up. In an era when popular wisdom tells us T.V. has stolen all depth from the literary true-crime narrative, Matthew Randazzo has found a way to beat that trend mightily; he's gone straight to the source and captured the singular, confounding voice of the New Orleans' mafia's top political fixer with fast-paced, riveting prose and a fine journalist's eye for detail." Christopher Rice, New York Times Bestselling author of The Snow Garden and Blind Fall.


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Mr. New Orleans


Wiseguys called him "the Keith Richards of the American Mafia," and JFK hero Jim Garrison denounced him as, "one of the most notorious vice operators in the history of New Orleans" ... but you can just call Frenchy Brouillette MR. NEW ORLEANS. Matthew Randazzo V's cult classic MR. NEW ORLEANS is a hilarious and shocking guided tour through Cajun gangster Frenchy Brouillette's 50-year sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll bender in the New Orleans Mafia. Arriving in New Orleans as a 17-year-old runaway on a stolen Harley Davidson, Frenchy made tens of millions and lived a glamorous life as a vice rackets operator for New Orleans godfather Carlos Marcello and a political fixer for his cousin, four-term Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards.

A protege of notorious madam Norma Wallace and a casual acquaintance of Lee Harvey Oswald's, Frenchy earned his 1700-page FBI file and exorbitant list of indictments and prison sentences. MR. NEW ORLEANS is the first book to break the code of secrecy in the New Orleans Mafia Family, sharing the shocking true story of America's oldest and most mysterious crime family and revealing their potential involvement in the Kennedy Assassination.

A legendarily charismatic and funny storyteller, Frenchy would become a beloved New Orleans street institution before his tragic murder at the age of 79 in 2015. His hilarious memoir lives on as the definitive street history of 20th century New Orleans and a tribute to Golden Age Big Easy culture.