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Wicked City by Ace Atkins
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Apr 23, 10

bookshelves: crime, historical-fiction, noir, true-crime
Read in April, 2010

Based on the actual events behind the cleanup of Phenix City, Alabama, starting with the assassination of an attorney general-elect who'd vowed to rid the city of its gambling dens and prostitution rings, as a small group of civic-minded residents and the National Guard work to bust up the "Machine" and the crooked law enforcement officers.

This novel has the feel of early James Ellroy, before he started writing in sentence fragments -- depravity and corruption abound. It's a fast read, but an exciting one.
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