Chris Wiltz



Recipient of the 2013 Louisiana Writer Award, Christine Wiltz is a native New Orleanian and author of six books: Shoot the Money, The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Glass House, The Emerald Lizard, A Diamond Before You Die and The Killing Circle. She has also written a documentary, Backlash: Race and the American Dream, which aired on PBS. She has been visiting writer-in-residence at Loyola and Tulane universities.


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Shoot the Money

From the author of The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld comes an edgy novel—a racy gumbo of suspense, comedy and sisters in crime.

Karen and Raynie are roommates hiding from sticky pasts. When vengeful gangsters and old boyfriends descend, Karen can’t hide from the Miami thug who wants his money back, and Raynie’s would-be rapist gets a gun and goes on a rampage. To top it off, Karen’s boss, LaDonna, has a young lover with a new and dangerous idea. The three women unite to face the repercussions of the stolen money and the violence that ensues.

From Mamou to Miami to New Orleans, money and friendship are at the heart of Shoot the Money as it explores women’s desires for big bucks. They see what money does to those who have it, lose it, pursue it or steal it—and what happens when they try a little revenge on their rapid chase toward a better life.

They’ve got the money, they’re smart and they’re daring. And they’ve got a gun. They could just whip it out and shoot somebody, but that would be way too easy.


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