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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In the first book of a breathtaking new trilogy by bestselling author Beatriz Williams, two generations of women are brought together inside a Greenwich Village apartment —a flapper hiding an extraordinary past, and a modern-day Manattanite forced to start her life anew.

When she discovers her banker husband has been harboring a secret life, Ella Gilbert escapes her SoHo loft for a studio in Greenwich Village. Her charismatic musician neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement after midnight, when a symphony of mysterious noise strikes up—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano, the occasional bloodcurdling scream—even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the basement was home to one of the city’s most notorious speakeasies.

In 1924, Geneva “Gin” Kelly, a quick-witted flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway. Caught up in a raid, Gin lands in the office of Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather, Duke Kelly, one of the biggest bootleggers in Appalachia.

But Gin is nobody’s fool. She strikes a risky bargain with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent, and their alliance rattles Manhattan society to its foundations, exposing secrets that shock even this free-spirited redhead.

As Ella unravels the strange history of her new building—and the family thread that connects her to Geneva Kelly—she senses the Jazz Age spirit of her exuberant predecessor invading her own shy nature, in ways that will transform her existence in the wicked city.


Beatriz Williams is a graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia. She is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Along the Infinite Sea and A Certain Age.
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