Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

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Random House Trade
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5.22 X 8.02 X 0.86 inches | 0.64 pounds

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About the Author

Abbot Kahler (formerly known as Karen Abbott) is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City; American Rose; Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy; and The Ghosts of Eden Park. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.


"Delicious... Abbott describes the Levee's characters in such detail that it's easy to mistake this meticulously researched history for literary fiction." ---- New York Times Book Review

" Described with scrupulous concern for historical immensely readable book."
---- Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal

"Assiduously researched... even this book's minutiae makes for good storytelling."
---- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Karen Abbott has pioneered sizzle history in this satisfyingly lurid tale. Change the hemlines, add 100 years, and the book could be filed under current affairs." ---- USA Today

"A rousingly racy yarn." -Chicago Tribune
"A colorful history of old Chicago that reads like a novel... a compelling and eloquent story." ---- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Gorgeously detailed" ---- New York Daily News

"At last, a history book you can bring to the beach." ---- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Once upon a time, Chicago had a world class bordello called The Everleigh Club. Author Karen Abbott brings the opulent place and its raunchy era alive in a book that just might become this years "The Devil In the White City." ---- Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine (cover story)

"As Abbott's delicious and exhaustively researched book makes vividly clear, the Everleigh Club was the Taj Mahal of bordellos." ---- Chicago Sun Times

"The book is rich with details about a fast-and-loose Chicago of the early 20th century... Sin explores this world with gusto, throwing light on a booming city and exposing its shadows."
---- Time Out Chicago

"[Abbott's] research enables the kind of vivid description à la fellow journalist Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City that make what could be a dry historic account an intriguing read."
- Seattle Times

"Abbott tells her story with just the right mix of relish and restraint, providing a piquant guide to a world of sexuality" ---- The Atlantic

"A rollicking tale from a more vibrant time: history to a ragtime beat."
- Kirkus Reviews