The White League

In THOMAS ZIGAL ’s sophisticated thriller THE WHITE LEAGUE (Toby Press), New Orleans coffee magnate Paul Blanchard peeks beneath the Mardi Gras masks of his fellow captains of industry and discovers a secret society still fighting for segregation long after its antecedent—the real-life White League—was believed disbanded in 1877. Blanchard, cut from a more liberal cloth, keeps his distance until a blackmail scheme forces him into an unwelcome alliance. Zigal is slow out of the starting gate, and a few early scenes ring a bit hollow. But once he finds his rhythm, the blend of historical background with edgy characters and subplots creates a rich and satisfying brew.

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