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The Ghosts of Eden Park
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America | Karen Abbott
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The epic true crime story of bootlegger George Remus and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits 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-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors 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 liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the U.S. Attorney's office hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy 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 consequences: With Remus behind bars, Dodge and Imogene begin an affair and plot to ruin him, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder. Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.
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Abby2
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Great true crime. Fascinating characters

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RealBooks4ever
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This audiobook was way better than I expected! Most of the characters are well defined and I loved the fact that what happened to them after the murder and trial was illustrated. Highly recommend! 💜

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Non fiction about a bootlegger, his wife, corruption, and murder. I didn‘t already know the facts of this very old case, so I enjoyed being surprised by what happened.

Mdargusch I tried to start this the other day and I couldn't get into it. Did you find it dry? 2mo
Nitpickyabouttrains @Mdargusch it did take me a while to get into. Mostly because there is so much scene setting and background. I did it as an audiobook and I think that helped. 2mo
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SmartBookaholicsIncBookstore
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First, I've never read anything from Karen Abbott but I can't wait to after reading this! Coming into this I knew nothing of George Remus, now I know his whole life story! I'm always leary of reading true stuff! The writing kept me engaged and this book was a great adventure! Here's the link to buy it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MYL9T8N/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=... @Crownpublishing #RIFWinner

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Mdargusch
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It‘s become this kind of Saturday.

MicheleinPhilly A perfect Saturday! 2mo
LeahBergen Yaaass! Martini! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s always cocktail time! 2mo
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Mdargusch
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Costco run for essentials-
Vodka freezer pops, wine, dip, cookies, and a book.
I had not heard of this book but I‘m a sucker for non fiction.

MicheleinPhilly Be right over! 😋 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker Ummm can I join? Lol. Looks like a great night! And vodka freezer pops?! I need to know more about these. 😝 3mo
Kris10 I have some serious shopping cart envy!! 3mo
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eanderson I love Costco! You picked some good stuff! 3mo
Mdargusch I haven‘t tried the pops yet but I‘m hoping to share with @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @AnnieD @Meredith3 tomorrow night at our family dinner. @MicheleinPhilly @That-Bookish-Hiker @Kris10 @eanderson 👍🏼 3mo
Reviewsbylola For sure borrowing that! (edited) 3mo
emilyhaldi Hahahaha love this!! 🙌🏻 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so jealous! ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Rhondareads
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True Crime at its best and a heart wrenching novel Cilka‘s Journey,

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cathysaid
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I love being the first to check out a new book from the library ❤️ #litsyloveslibraries

Chelsea.Poole Can't wait to see what you think. I've been debating this one myself! 3mo
cathysaid @Chelsea.Poole Starting today! I'll let you know. 3mo
cathysaid 😂 😂@Trashcanman 😂 3mo
Mdargusch I just bought this at Costco - I hadn‘t heard of it. 3mo
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SmartBookaholicsIncBookstore
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Well-ReadNeck
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Bailedbailed

I have enjoyed Abbott‘s other books, but this one just didn‘t make the grade. The story was basically told in the first 20% of the book. And, at that, the details were about Remus‘s abusive personality not in the chase and investigation of him by Willebrandt. Disappointing.
#netgalley

Reviewsbylola I‘ve read at least one of her books. This one sounds like a bummer though. 5mo
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Liberty
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I bonded with Karen Abbott over our mutual love of Civil War history, but I am always excited to read ANYTHING she writes. I can‘t wait to dig into this one! 🖤🧡🖤

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