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Karen Abbott

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Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, and, most recently, The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America, named an Amazon best book of the month for August 2019. She has written for newyorker.com, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Salon and other publications. ...more

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Karen Abbott Hi Stephen!

Thanks so much for reading, and for your kind words about THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK. Boardwalk Empire is what sparked my interest in Remus; …more
Hi Stephen!

Thanks so much for reading, and for your kind words about THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK. Boardwalk Empire is what sparked my interest in Remus; I thought he stole every scene he was in, and I was curious to know more about his true history (which of course was much more dramatic than his portrayal on the show). I think he’s the strangest, most fascinating character I’ve ever come across in research, and I have encountered quite a few… 😉 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my other books, as well.

As for what’s next, it’s a bit too early to say for sure. One possibility is a murder mystery set in an exotic locale, with characters that might prove to be even stranger than Remus. I’ll keep you posted!

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Karen Abbott Thanks so much for writing, Edgar! Unfortunately, I don't have anything planned in Salt Lake City at the moment. If you'd like a signed bookplate for …moreThanks so much for writing, Edgar! Unfortunately, I don't have anything planned in Salt Lake City at the moment. If you'd like a signed bookplate for your copy, I'd be happy to send one. You can find my email on my website (karenabbott.net) and send me your address. Thanks for reading--I really hope you enjoy THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK.
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If you haven’t yet bought your copy of THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK (or if you know someone who would be interested in a stranger-than-fiction tale of a Gatsby-esque bootlegger, his cunning wife, and a kickass woman prosecutor), you’re in luck.

The ebook is on sale for $2.99 today only! This deal applies to most e-reader formats.

Thanks very much, and cheers to the new Roaring 20s!
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Impeccably researched, gripping, chilling--I couldn't put it down (and didn't sleep for days!)
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“Leave the fireworks for those who cast no spark of their own.”
Karen Abbott, Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

“It is so delightful to be of enough consequence to be arrested,”
Karen Abbott, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

“An amusing city, Chicago, any way you look at it. I'm afraid we are in for the time of our lives.”
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