The Wicked City: A Novel by Beatriz WilliamsThe Wicked City: A Novel by Beatriz Williams

The Wicked City: A Novel

byBeatriz Williams

Paperback | January 17, 2017 | Large Print

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New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams recreates the New York City of A Certain Age in this deliciously spicy adventure that mixes past and present and centers on a Jazz Age love triangle involving a rugged Prohibition agent, a saucy redheaded flapper, and a debonair Princetonian from a wealthy family.

When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night. Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano—even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the place hid a speakeasy.

In 1924, Geneva "Gin" Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway known as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin becomes entangled with Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia’s most notorious bootleggers.

Headstrong and independent, Gin is no weak-kneed fool. So how can she be falling in love with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent when she’s got Princeton boy Billy Marshall, the dashing son of society doyenne Theresa Marshall, begging to make an honest woman of her? While anything goes in the Roaring Twenties, Gin’s adventures will shake proper Manhattan society to its foundations, exposing secrets that shock even this free-spirited redhead—secrets that will echo from Park Avenue to the hollers of her Southern hometown.

As Ella discovers more about the basement speakeasy, she becomes inspired by the spirit of her exuberant predecessor, and decides to live with abandon in the wicked city too. . . .

Title:The Wicked City: A NovelFormat:Paperback | Large PrintDimensions:592 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.18 inPublished:January 17, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062643991

ISBN - 13:9780062643995

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brilliant wordsmith & characters I adore Beatriz Williams' writing style but The Wicked City is not one of her finest examples as there's far too many loose ends & extraneous characters to this lengthy novel. What she does well is the 1920's romance between Gin & Ansom as it's spicy, forbidden & keeps you wondering where it will lead them. But as for the present day timeline to this novel there's Ella leaving her unfaithful husband & moving in to a strange NYC building that comes w/ a charming/bohemian musician tenant, all I can say is Boring & somewhat predictable. I do look forward to reading Cocoa Beach her soon to be released follow up, but I recommend readers to explore her earlier novels like The Secret Life of Violet Grant for more provocative storytelling. Enjoy
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved the characters 3.5 stars I will start my saying I am a fan of this author's but I struggled for a rating on this book. I loved Gin's character, she is bold and funny, a great contrast to Anson. The story itself was not what I expected but it was interesting and engaging nonetheless and I liked the role the Schuylers and Marshalls played in this book. I know this book is meant to be part of series but I am uncertain how, will the next book pick up where this one left off, will they become minor characters in the next book and new lead characters? Will the loose ends be dealt with in the next book? That said since reading A Certain Age I have been eagerly awaiting Cocoa Beach and now even more so.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Once again Beatriz Williams sweeps us away into another time and place with a storyline full of deception, lies, adultery, jealousy, love, loss, passion and murder. The story is told from two different perspectives. Gin, a young, strong-minded woman who enjoys her independence and the love of more than one man in New York City in the Roaring Twenties when prohibition, jazz, and speakeasies are the norm. And Ella, an intelligent, inquisitive woman who is determined to move forward after discovering her husband’s infidelity in the Big Apple metropolis of the late 1990s. The prose is exquisite and vividly described. The characters are flawed, multi-faceted, and intriguing. And the plot is a fast-paced, complex, fascinating tale with lots of twists, turns, action and suspense that will keep you engaged until the very end. What more can I say, I really enjoyed this novel and I can’t help but highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-18