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Portland Confidential: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Rose City

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From a Portland Tribune columnist comes Portland Confidential, the story of Big Jim Elkins, a conman and criminal who arrived in Portland in 1937 and helped unleash prostitution, bootlegging, gambling, and drug running.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Westwiinds Press
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Mark Schomburg
Mar 30, 2014 Mark Schomburg rated it liked it
Shelves: history, crime
I liked this a lot, but it left me wanting more. I know very little Portland history, but it's captivating to hear dirt about the real estate deals behind the Memorial Coliseum. Well, there's not enough info about that exactly, but it's a good teaser. We never hear too much more than the basics. Despite the brevity, or maybe because of it, and because of the accompanying photographs, this is a treat to read - a quick read. Terry Schrunk caught with his pants down? Who would have guessed. It's ...more
Marlene
An interesting read about Portland's not-so-distant past of gambling and corruption (how the hell did Terry Schrunk get thrice-elected and earn a plaza with his name on it?), although Stanford's writing style is choppy and rather irritating.
Rick
May 24, 2013 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-event
The seamy side of Portland. Interesting to put places and names to events even though they were on the dark side.
Greg Heaton
Jul 12, 2014 Greg Heaton rated it liked it
There's a much better book in here from a much better writer. One star is for learnin' stuff about the town I've spent my whole life in.
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I wanted to read a book about the history of the sex industry in Portland because I'm writing a poem about a strip club in Portland. This book was OK! It was fun and interesting but didn't dig too deeply. Could have used more first person sources and I wish he placed the whole story in more of a global historical context.
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