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In Chicago and big apple, in sleazy speakeasies and on effortless road, to the traces of jazz and the beat of the Charleston, the twenties roared. The horrors of the good warfare at the back of it, the last decade went mad with abandon—and mad over the films, radio, phones, and the motor vehicle. yet underneath the foam and the folly, the razzle and dazzle, lay a darker global, a troublesome and sometimes violent global, for the twenties belonged as a lot to the gangster as they did to the flapper. The tales during this enormously pleasing number of whodunnits crafted through skills like Amy Myers, Robert Randisi, Jon L. Breen, Edward D. Hoch, Marilyn Todd, and Mike Stotter replicate the allures—and the lethal dangers—of either these worlds.

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