The Wicked City

The Wicked City

A Novel

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams recreates the New York City of A Certain Age in this deliciously spicy adventure that mixes past and present and centers on a Jazz Age love triangle involving a rugged Prohibition agent, a saucy redheaded flapper, and a debonair Princetonian from a wealthy family.

When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night. Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight--laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano--even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the place hid a speakeasy.

In 1924, Geneva "Gin" Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway known as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin becomes entangled with Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia's most notorious bootleggers.

Headstrong and independent, Gin is no weak-kneed fool. So how can she be falling in love with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent when she's got Princeton boy Billy Marshall, the dashing son of society doyenne Theresa Marshall, begging to make an honest woman of her? While anything goes in the Roaring Twenties, Gin's adventures will shake proper Manhattan society to its foundations, exposing secrets that shock even this free-spirited redhead--secrets that will echo from Park Avenue to the hollers of her Southern hometown.

As Ella discovers more about the basement speakeasy, she becomes inspired by the spirit of her exuberant predecessor, and decides to live with abandon in the wicked city too. . . .

Publisher: New York, NY : Little Brown and Company, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062643995
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Willi
Characteristics: 571 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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conpenn
Feb 27, 2017

Just finished this and I find myself still thinking about the characters and the ending. I did find out on the author's FB page that a sequel is in progress!

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marthabwaters
Jan 12, 2017

This book is a series-opener, and I think that should be more clearly marked so that readers are aware of that -- otherwise, the ending is going to feel hopelessly abrupt and dissatisfying. Overall, I enjoyed most of this, but the 1990s storyline was vastly less interesting to me than the 1920s one (as is often the case with Williams' books -- the frame story just never quite grabs me as much), and what it bumped it down from the solid 4 stars I would have given it otherwise is the fact that the villainous stepfather, in the last 100 pages, transformed into so cartoonish a villain that I had a hard time taking the proceedings seriously. Up until that point I was hooked; I'm hoping that book two doesn't have a turnoff like that, because I loved the characters in this and look forward to reading more about them.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Dec 11, 2016

I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the 1920's New York setting. I also really liked the main character, Gin. She was strong, feisty, and possessed a very intriguing past. What didn't work for me was the 1998 alternate story line. It wasn't fully fleshed out enough for me to connect with the characters and enjoy the romance. A bigger issue was the ending. No spoilers, but there were so many unanswered questions and I felt so unsatisfied. Hopefully, Beatriz Williams is planning on answering a few of those in her next book. Fingers crossed!

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