The Wicked City

The Wicked City Review

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams recreates the New York City of A Certain Age in this deliciously spicy adventure that mixes past and present and centers on a Jazz Age love triangle involving a rugged Prohibition agent, a saucy redheaded flapper, and a debonair Princetonian from a wealthy family.

When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night. Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano—even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the place hid a speakeasy.

In 1924, Geneva "Gin" Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway known as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin becomes entangled with Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia’s most notorious bootleggers.

Headstrong and independent, Gin is no weak-kneed fool. So how can she be falling in love with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent when she’s got Princeton boy Billy Marshall, the dashing son of society doyenne Theresa Marshall, begging to make an honest woman of her? While anything goes in the Roaring Twenties, Gin’s adventures will shake proper Manhattan society to its foundations, exposing secrets that shock even this free-spirited redhead—secrets that will echo from Park Avenue to the hollers of her Southern hometown.

As Ella discovers more about the basement speakeasy, she becomes inspired by the spirit of her exuberant predecessor, and decides to live with abandon in the wicked city too. . . .

Title:The Wicked City
Edition Language:English

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  • Jennifer

    I am a long-time fan of Beatriz Williams' books. She has a unique ability to create feisty and head-strong female protagonists and interweave historical and modern-day story lines. Top this off with w...

  • Carrie

    I just started reading this and noticed it is rated 1 star. Then I noticed only 1 person has reviewed it so far (no actual review, just a star) , and they are a newbie to GR and have given many books ...

  • Cindy Burnett

    The Wicked City is the first installment in a fabulous new series by Beatriz Williams. The story takes place on a dual timeline – in 1924 and in 1998. The plot is complicated so I will not retell th...

  • Jessica Jeffers

    So, some spoilers for this book lay ahead. And a very, very mild spoiler for a couple of Williams’ previous books. I reeeeaaaallly wanted to love The Wicked City, and despite a few narrative flaws (...

  • Christina

    3 starsThis novels follows two different MCs.There's Ella Hawthorne, in 1998, who just moved out of her apartment she shares with her husband Patrick when she catches him cheating on her. Within her f...

  • Alayne Emmett

    This book was brilliant, so different to other books I’ve read. I’ve read only one or two of Beatrix Williams books as they are so difficult to get hold off over here but when I saw this and the n...

  • Ange H

    CHEKHOV’S GUN. We’ve all heard of it. “If you introduce a gun (or a mysterious box of buttons and a haunted speakeasy) in the beginning of the story, it must be fired (or their significance need...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    The Wicked City has a dual timeline story, in the 1920s do we meet Gin Kelly a flapper who frequently visits the Christopher Club until the club is raided and she got an "offer" she can't refuse from ...

  • The Lit Bitch

    When I picked up my first Beatriz Williams book, I was completely engrossed and fell in love with her writing style.I wasn’t sure that I would like her books and wasn’t excited to read the first o...

  • Caz

    I've given this a B+ for both content and narration at AudioGals.The Wicked City tells the story of two very different women who live in New York City at very different times. In 1998, Ella Gilbert ha...