Blacksad is in New Orleans, looking for work. He just so happens to come across a rich Texan who asks him to drive his car back down to his hometown. Perfect! An easy job and good money, not to mention the beautiful car! So the detective accepts. But, much to his dismay, the car is stolen from him in a gas station by Chad Lowell and Abe Greenberg, two beatnik writers wanting to get to Amarillo, Texas. Things soon get messy when Chad shoots at Abe during a quarrel, killing him dead. Forced into exile, Chad finds refuge in a circus. But Blacksad is hot on his trail along those endless highways of southern America.
It's 1950s New Orleans, and Mardi Gras is in full swing. Thanks to Weekly, a Jazz producer going by the name of Faust sets up a meeting with Blacksad. Faust asks Blacksad if he could look into the disappearance of Sebastian, one of his musicians. There's been no sign of the pianist for months, and his absence is jeopardizing the both the music label and the star's private life. Faust fears that Sebastian has, once again, turned to drugs. The whole affair is rendered even more urgent now that Faust has learned that he's suffering from cancer. Blacksad takes on the mission and discovers little by little that Faust hasn't told him the whole story. He realizes that he is also being manipulated, but determines none the less to find Sebastian and try and understand the reasons for his disappearance. Little does he know at this point that this will be his most testing mission yet, in more than one respect.
Blacksad is in Las Vegas, with both his finances and morale at rock bottom, working for a wealthy gambling man. However, an unexpected encounter shakes up his new life: his friend Otto Lieber, a high-profile scientist, is in town for a nuclear conference. The two men manage to find the time to get together and chew the cud. Otto seems to be leading an exciting life, despite the little eccentricities of his "benefactor," Gotfield. Gotfield is married to the gorgeous Alma... on whose account Blacksad's life will take a surprising turn...
Oldsmill, the town's head honcho, is a white tiger.
Karup, the chief of police, is a white bear.
Huk, Karup's henchman, a white fox.
Along with the other animals of immaculate pelt, they form the WASP association (W for White, AS for Anglo-Saxon, P for Protestant). All other town residents, from the black magpie to the reddish-brown fox to the tabby cat, are nothing but trash. And if the police aren't able to enforce white law, the wide-reaching arms of the ruthless Arctic Nation party, hooded and decked out in white robes, will soon put things in order. And they've got all the ropes and burning crosses they need.
In this unwelcoming environment, Blacksad, a private detective, is investigating the disappearance of a child of color, Kyle. Dinah, Kyle's mother, had a job as Karup's housemaid, and some say she was getting pretty friendly with Oldsmill's son.
It doesn't take Blacksad long to get his claws right into the vipers' nest, and he's as quick to lash out as any of them...
Get ready for a true masterpiece! This is the story of a private detective seeking revenge for the death of his assassinated ex-girlfriend. A stunning thriller, enhanced by a wonderfully detailed drawing style, with characters in the form of the animals that best reflect the nuances of their personalities. Dark, daring, engaging, this is undoubtedly one of Europe's most successful comic book series.