July 26, 2011
July 26, 2011
The untold true story of the murders that inspired the iconic musical Chicago.
With a thrilling, fast-paced narrative, award-winning journalist Douglas Perry vividly captures the sensationalized circus atmosphere that gave rise to the concept of the celebrity criminal- and gave Chicago its most famous story. The Girls of Murder City recounts two scandalous, sex-fueled murder cases and how an intrepid "girl reporter" named Maurine Watkins turned the beautiful, media-savvy suspects-"Stylish Belva" and "Beautiful Beulah"-into the talk of the town. Fueled by rich period detail and a cast of characters who seemed destined for the stage, The Girls of Murder City is a crackling tale that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the Jazz Age and its sober repercussions.
The novelty of women working in a man's world may have worn off to some degree in many fields, but when it comes to murder, we still have an insatiable curiosity about women who achieve success. Journalist Douglas Perry doesn't disappoint in this lively, wonderfully detailed account of two Jazz Age femmes fatales who shot and killed their lovers and then became celebrities behind bars--due largely to the newspaper articles written by a female journalist. Perry weaves these strands together in a nonfiction tale that is as entertaining and fascinating as the hit musical "Chicago," which was inspired by the same cast of real-life characters.
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History, True Crime
Sub-Genre: USA / State + Local / Midwest, Murder / General, Criminals + Outlaws
- Genre: True Crime, History, Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Criminals + Outlaws, Murder / General, USA / State + Local / Midwest
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: July 26, 2011
- Author: DOUGLAS PERRY
- Online Item #: 13480929
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-6261
- ISBN: 9780143119227
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported