A mystery set in the underworld of burlesque theater, The G-String Murders was penned in 1941 by the legendary queen of the stripteasers the witty and wisecracking Gypsy Rose Lee. Narrating a twisted tale of a backstage double murder, Lee provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of burlesque, richly populated by the likes of strippers Lolita LaVerne and Gee Gee Graham, comic Biff Brannigan and Siggy the g-string salesman. This is a world where women struggle to earn a living performing bumps and grinds, have gangster boyfriends, sip beer between acts and pay their own way at dinner.
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Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970) was the most acclaimed strip tease artist of her day. She later made 12 films and hosted her own TV show. Her autobiography Gypsy spawned the famed musical and two film versions.Review:
"Burlesque is the background . . . [and] the background is perfect. Recommended for the readers who feel better when their eyebrows are raised." —The New Yorker
"[Lee's] novel is a rich and lusty job, brimming over with infectious vitality and a hilarious jargon of her own." —Life
"A lurid, witty and highly competent detective story . . . Rich show business vocabulary and stage door gags make her book almost a social document. . . . The G-String Murders build up to a hair-raising climax." —Time
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Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808919014713.0
Book Description Book Condition: Fair. 1946 World Publishing edition. Dust jacket heavily worn and torn. Discolouring to page edges. Bookseller Inventory # T005162