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The Wicked City: A Novel (The Wicked City…
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The Wicked City: A Novel (The Wicked City series, 1) (original 2017; udgave 2017)

af Beatriz Williams (Forfatter)

Serier: Wicked City (1)

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1998: Discovering her banker husband has a secret life, Ella Gilbert escapes to Greenwich Village. Her musician neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement after midnight, when noise strikes up-- laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano, the occasional bloodcurdling scream. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the building hosted one of the city's most notorious speakeasies. 1924: Flapper Geneva "Gin" Kelly is a regular at the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin strikes a bargain with Revenue agent Oliver Anson to catch her stepfather, Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia's most notorious bootleggers.… (mere)
Medlem:Lulu_G
Titel:The Wicked City: A Novel (The Wicked City series, 1)
Forfattere:Beatriz Williams (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2017), 384 pages
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The Wicked City af Beatriz Williams (2017)

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Another hit by Beatriz Williams. Loved the characters in The Wicked City and could not put this one down. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
I liked that this novel had the dual time line, Geneva "Gin" Kelly who gets herself wound up with bootleggers, shootings, the FBI, and someone from her past she swore she'd never have dealings with again. Then there is Ella, 1998 in New York City and she has just caught her new husband cheating on her, has moved out on him and doesn't quit know where to go in life. This new place works, but there is mystery to it, and little does she know the past in that building has a connection in her family. Following Gin through her adventure of the NY streets during the crime of bootlegging and illegal liquor making, and Ella trying to get back on her feet while learning about her families past and how to pick herself back up, as things could be worse. Pretty good read, although it took me a bit to get into Gin's character with how the writer writers her character POV. I do look forward to reading the next one. ( )
1 stem Chelz286 | Dec 12, 2020 |
I love a good historical fiction story which this book has, however, the "modern day" story that is interspersed throughout takes away from the story. I feel like the two aren't fully linked and realized by the end of the book leaving me with more unanswered questions than answered. The dialogue from the 1920's feels authentic while the modern dialogue between the main characters feels forced and unnatural. There were several times I rolled my eyes because the conversation didn't seem genuine at all. Maybe the author offers more closure to the story in part 2. ( )
  LDVerbos | Aug 12, 2020 |
I liked it, but I wasn't crazy about it. I saw the connection between the two eras in the story, but didn't see the relevance of it. It was ok - nothing to write home about- ONWARD. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
CHEKHOVÛªS GUN. We‰Ûªve all heard of it. ‰ÛÏIf you introduce a gun (or a mysterious box of buttons and a haunted speakeasy) in the beginning of the story, it must be fired (or their significance needs to be explained) by the end.‰Û

ANGE‰ÛªS RULE. I just made it up. When you choose the ‰ÛÏtold in alternate chapters by two different characters at separate times in history‰Û format for your novel, then at the end some sort of relationship between these two characters should be revealed.

The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams violates both of these rules.

The historic part takes place during the Prohibition. Ginger, a flapper with a heart of gold, frequents a speakeasy around the corner from her Manhattan rooming house. After being arrested in a raid, she is persuaded to participate in a dangerous plot to catch one of New York‰Ûªs most notorious and violent bootleggers, who also happens to be the stepfather she despises. Ginger is a fascinating and sympathetic heroine and her story was full of great descriptions and characters, action and intrigue.

The modern part takes place circa 1995. The building that once housed the speakeasy is now an apartment building, which Ella moves into after catching her rich, rat-bastard of a husband screwing a prostitute in the stairwell of her OLD building. Seriously. It seems the prostitute was delivering a pizza at the time, because that was the excuse he gave to leave their apartment and go downstairs. Totally sleazy, but I was thinking it was an ingenious business model. (The fact that I was contemplating the viability of a ‰ÛÏpizza and prostitute‰Û business indicates that Ella‰Ûªs part of the novel didn‰Ûªt hold my interest as much as Ginger‰Ûªs story.) Anyway, when Ella goes into the basement to do her laundry after a long day of moving in, she hears laughter and jazz music coming through the wall. Hector, the conveniently young, handsome and nice resident landlord, finds her there and suggests that she NOT go into the basement alone at night.

Almost at the end of the novel, Ella hears about the existence of Ginger from her great-grandmother, in a ridiculously coincidental way. Then the story just abruptly ends. Except for the box of buttons I mentioned at the beginning, there is literally no other overlap between their two stories. The ghosts in the basement, it is hinted, have something to do with Hector.

I don‰Ûªt care if you are starting a series, as I found out later this is the first book in a new one. In my opinion, if a book can‰Ûªt stand on its own, then it‰Ûªs sloppy writing and/or blatant manipulation to get you to read the next installment, neither of which I appreciate. It‰Ûªs a shame, because this had the potential to be awesome. I wouldn‰Ûªt read another novel by this author. ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
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1998: Discovering her banker husband has a secret life, Ella Gilbert escapes to Greenwich Village. Her musician neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement after midnight, when noise strikes up-- laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano, the occasional bloodcurdling scream. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the building hosted one of the city's most notorious speakeasies. 1924: Flapper Geneva "Gin" Kelly is a regular at the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin strikes a bargain with Revenue agent Oliver Anson to catch her stepfather, Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia's most notorious bootleggers.

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