Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties

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Things began as they usually did: Someone shot someone else. So begins a chapter of Michael Lesy's disturbingly satisfying account of Chicago in the 1920s, the epicenter of Murder in America. Just as Lesy's first book, Wisconsin Death Trip, subverted the accepted notion of the Gay Nineties, so Murder City exposes the dark side of the Jazz Age. Revisiting seventeen Chicago murder cases--including that of Belva and Beulah, two murderesses whose trials inspired the musical Chicago--Lesy's sharp, fearless storytelling makes a compelling case that this collection of criminals may be progenitors of our modern age.

Author: Michael Lesy
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 02/17/2008
Pages: 346
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 9.26h x 6.00w x 0.89d
ISBN13: 9780393330595
ISBN10: 0393330591
BISAC Categories:
- History | United States | State & Local | Midwest(IA,IL,IN,KS,MI,MN,MO
- History | United States | 20th Century