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Adult Book Discussion:  The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott

Adult Book Discussion: The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott

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 multi-millionaire. 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 cars 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 Justice Department 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 the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, 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.

 

Physical copies available in the library.  Digital copies available Libby/Overdrive.

Registration required to secure your seat in-person.

Masks are required for in-person programming.

Space is limited and will be enforced. 

Date:
Monday, January 31, 2022
Time:
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Location:
Library Program Room
Sandusky Library:
Sandusky Library
Audience:
  Adults     Seniors  
Categories:
  Book Discussion  

Registration is required. There are 10 seats available.

Event Organizer

Jeremy Angstadt

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