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The girls of Murder City : fame, lust, and the beautiful killers who inspired Ch
Douglas Perry
Adult Nonfiction HV6517 .P475 2010b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A series of murders committed by women in Chicago in the 1920s provide juicy material for drama in this racy history, as well as the musical. Perry paints a vividly detailed picture of the events with a range of viewpoints, from interviews with the murderers to police reports. Peter Berkrot has a deep and projecting voice that's easy to follow and enjoy. He handles the straightforward narrative smoothly, using pause and emphasis to highlight more important passages. If his female voices require more work, he excels at quoting newspapers and other firsthand accounts, cleverly mimicking their sensationalized, breathless tone. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 12). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Jazz Age Chicago was well known as a town where a pretty woman couldn't be convicted. In 1924, prim Maurine Watkins walked away from Radcliffe and into a job as the Chicago Tribune's police reporter just in time to observe the freak run of homicidal wives and girlfriends that made up Chicago's Murderess's Row. Her disgust at a system, in which all-male juries let beautiful women literally get away with murder, caused her to work tirelessly for justice and to write a viciously satirical play, which morphed into the musical, Chicago. VERDICT The real lives and crimes of these deadly women, as well as the story of Watkins's moral crusade, make for a spellbinding read for history, crime, and theater fans.-Deidre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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