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The Ghosts of Eden Park

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The Ghosts of Eden Park The Bootleg King the Women Who Pursued Him and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age America by Karen Abbott is a 2019 Crown Publishing Group publication An absorbing and shocking true crime sagaGeorge Remus is a name I was only moderately familiar with I knew he was a famous bootlegger during prohibition but I didn t know much than that I had not familiarized myself with his complex criminal operation or with his personal issues which included Tagebuch referring to himself in third person and the hint of mental instability So I had no idea what to expect when I startedeading this book Well to say George lived a colorful life is an understatement As an attorney he found a way to procure alcohol legally for medicinal purposes This subterfuge allowed him to take control of a large percentage of distilleries From there he built a very lucrative bootlegging operation which made him uite wealthy earning him the moniker The King of the Bootleggers George and his second wife Imogene lived a lavish lifestyle handing out diamonds and cars to their party guests but the law was not ignorant of his enterprise Enter Mabel Walker Willebrandt a prosecutor with the Attorney General s office whose job it was to investigate and prosecute violators of the Volstead Act Mabel Walker WillebrandtThis is where the story eally gets interesting One of Wellebrant s agents Frank Dodge was assigned the the story eally gets interesting One of Wellebrant s agents Frank Dodge was assigned the of infiltrating Remus empire Frank s involvement lead to a shocking turn of events that would have made a gripping crime "novel The head spinning twist and turns in this case just " The head spinning twist and turns in this case just to show that truth eally is stranger than fictionImogene RemusSince Truman Capote spoiled us with his True Crime Novel any other approach to this genre can be mind numbingly dry Yet Karen Abbott has employed a new techniue which I thought worked out uite well The book is written in the standard chronolog. The true crime story of bootlegger George Remus and the murder that shocked the nationIn the early days of Prohibition long before Al Capone became a household name a German immigrant named George Remus uits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey Within two years he's a multimillionaire The press calls him King of the Bootleggers writing breathless stories about the Gatsby esue events he and his. ,
Ical format thank goodness as I ve never seen nonfiction work out when someone gets creative with the timeline The esearch is also noteworthy as the author had access to thousands of pages of transcripts Naturally this euires exceptional organizational skill and Ms Abbot did a phenomenal job with so much material George Remus There are many people involved in this tale and unlike fiction where the author has control over the number of characters involved in the plot the author didn t have that same luxury when it came to writing nonfiction Still I thought Abbott handled it nicely including all the key players in this saga without allowing it to slow down the momentum In fact the book is very fast paced AND HELD MY INTEREST ALL THROUGHOUT held my interest all throughout DodgeAs one will gather from the title bootlegging is not the only crime at play A murder is eminent which is where Abbot applies one truly uniue and clever trick Unless one already knows how this story plays out the victim and the murderer emain a secret until the killing transpires in eal time Abbott keeps us on the edge of our seat building the suspense and keeping one guessing like this was a fictional murder mystery Then there is that stunning trial The prosecutor was Charles Phelps Taft II son of William Howard Taft But you will have to ead this book to believe how it concluded It s one of the most insane trials I ve ever Hoffnung Mensch read about from this era Talk about putting on a show I admit by the time I turned the final page I was shaking my head in disbelief This is one bizarre story and will takeeaders on a wild oller coaster ide through prohibition and the politics of the day But mostly this is one of the most ENTERTAINING TRUE CRIME BOOKS I VE READ 5 STARS true crime books I ve
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5 stars ead all of Abbott s books even though I am primarily a fiction eader I love them because they ead like novels This one eads like a literary legal thriller It. Glamorous second wife Imogene host at their Cincinnati mansion with party favors The Witch who was a princess ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand new Pontiacs for the women By the summer of 1921 Remus owns 35 percent of all the liuor in the United StatesPioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down Willebrandt's bosses at the US Attorney's office hired heright out of law school ass.
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Has some INSANE twists I love that things actually happened that would break my suspension of disbelief in fiction The truth eally is stranger Well drawn characters gorgeous writing and a murder mystery Yes please Highly ecommended Competently executed yet disappointingly dull I have greatly enjoyed Abbott s other work and expected this to be a slam dunk Unfortunately I found myself bored of the narrative and apathetic about the subject matterGenerally speaking bootlegging and Prohibition are not topics that lend themselves particularly well to narrative nonfiction They certainly seem like they should largely because fiction has done such a good job with this topic but the sad fact is that money and temporary criminal success but the sad fact is that money and temporary criminal success t necessarily make a subject worthy of being immortalized on the proverbial pageSuch is the case with the subjects of this particular narrative Remus is certainly a savvy businessman but he s
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mentally unstable not much of an intellectual even if you concede he had some decent street smarts Even that feels worthless though since by the end of his tale he s barely comprehensible Imogene seems like a nasty opportunist ather than the clever con woman who finally snaps that the book seems to want her to beAbbott s writing and esearch are both good but the choice of subject matter feels ill advised While the story has some interesting moments it simply isn t compelling enough to warrant an entire book This could have been a great long form article but as a book it feels indulgent and excessiveI eceived an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game review Many thanks to Crown Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honesteviewThis wasn t that interesting to me It wasn t horrible but I ve Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) read better true crime novels Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram Sexy smart compulsivelyeadable and expertly Revenant researched. Uming she'd pose noeal threat to the cozy Pumpkinflowers relationship they maintain with Remus Eager to prove them wrong she dispatches her best investigator Franklin Dodge to look into his empire It's a decision with deadly conseuences With Remus behind bars Dodge and Imogene begin an affair and plot touin him sparking a bitter feud that soon Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life reaches the highest levels of government and that can only end in murd.