Ace Atkins Wicked City

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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 for just a moment - and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide 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 die, and unexpected heroes 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, filled with sensuality and surprise.

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Ace Atkins earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2001 while at The Tampa Tribune for his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s that later became the basis for White Shadow. The Alabama native, also the author of four Nick Travers novels - Crossroad Blues, Leavin’ Trunk Blues, Dark End of the Street, and Dirty South - lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.

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This extraordinary story is based on the history of the real town of Phenix, Alabama, whichaccording to LOOK magazine in 1955was the most corrupt city in America. Dick Hill lays on the Southern accents with a giant barbecue brush as ex-boxer and newly appointed sheriff Lamar Murphy sets out to clean up the town. Hill's gravelly growl causes sweat to pop out on your forehead and reddens the back of your neck. In their tone and rhythm, his accents and flowing descriptions are at times like music. This is a story filled with characters both fictional and real. The women are as hot and steamy as the weather, and the good guys are great. But the best characters by far are the villains of this "wicked city" where anything goes. R.O. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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