A Hall of Mirrors by Robert Stone (1964)Read about another book on the list.
Robert Stone’s “brilliant debut”, recommended by miasmadude, used the city as the setting for an eclectic melange of the dark side of America that emerged in the 60s, “something I shattered my youth against”. It won both the William Faulkner and Houghton Mifflin first novel awards. Stone had been literally registering New Orleans’s inhabitants as a census worker in 1960. With the spirit of the Vietnam war clearly in the background, its characters include a right-wing disc jockey and failed musician, civil rights activists, corrupt politicians and many more fishes out of water.