The Wicked City: A Novel

Bestselling creator Beatriz Williams brings collectively two generations of gals inside of a Greenwich Village apartment—a flapper hiding an extraordinary earlier, and a fashionable-day Manhattanite pressured to start off her lifestyle anew.

When she discovers her banker husband has been harboring a secret lifestyle, Ella Gilbert escapes their modern SoHo loft for a studio in a quaint creating in Greenwich Village. But her new refuge is not quite what it would seem. Her charismatic musician neighbor, Hector, warns her to keep out of the basement right after midnight, when a symphony of mysterious sound strikes up—laughter, clinking eyeglasses, jazz piano, the occasional bloodcurdling scream—even nevertheless it really is stood vacant for many years. Again in the Roaring Twenties, the creating hosted a single of the city’s most infamous speakeasies.

In 1924, Geneva “Gin” Kelly, a swift-witted flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a frequent at this Village hideaway recognized as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin lands in the workplace of Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to assistance him capture her stepfather, Duke Kelly, a single of Appalachia’s most infamous bootleggers.

Sired by a wealthy New York scion who deserted her showgirl mom, Gin is nobody’s idiot. She strikes a dangerous bargain with the taciturn, straight-arrow Profits agent, even nevertheless her on-once more, off-once more Princeton beau, Billy Marshall, wants to make an genuine female of her and mend the legacy of her hardscrabble childhood. Gin’s alliance with Anson rattles Manhattan modern society, exposing sins that shock even this absolutely free-spirited redhead—sins that echo from the canyons of Wall Street to the mountain hollers of her hometown.

As Ella unravels the odd heritage of the building—and the relatives thread that connects her to Geneva Kelly—she senses the Jazz Age spirit of her incandescent predecessor invading her have shy nature, in methods that will rework her lifestyle in the wicked metropolis. . . 


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