Wicked City

Wicked City

Book - 2008
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From one of crime fiction's most interesting and passionate voices (Laura Lippman) comes a new noir crime classic (Mystery Ink) about one of the most notorious towns in American history. Reviewing White Shadow, the Associated Press wrote, It is as gritty as James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential, And yet, the prose is as lyrical as James Lee Burke's Crusader's Cross, With White Shadow, Atkins has found his true voice. And with Wicked City, it is even truer. In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, The Wickedest City in America, but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them-no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man. When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause just for a moment-and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide that they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen. Over the course of the next several months, lives will change, people will die, and unexpected heroes will emerge-like a Randolph Scott western, one of them remarks, played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades. Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, both real and fictional, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity-rich with atmosphere and filled with sensuality and surprise.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780399154577
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 24 cm
Call Number: ATKINS, A


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Nov 30, 2017

I like Ace Atkins but just couldn’t get around the gas station operating crime fighter vigilante
political activist. I grew up in the Murray Oliver “Trust Texaco” commercial days, and could never imagine him as a vigilante. This kind of story would have worked better set in the 20’s or 30’s.


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