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

by Karen Abbott

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

"Lavish . . . an immensely readable book."
--The Wall Street Journal

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

"Assiduously researched . . . Even this book's minutiae . . . makes for good storytelling."
--The New York Times

"Delicious . . . a lush love letter to the underworld."
--The New York Times Book Review

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

"Described with scrupulous concern for historical accuracy . . . an immensely readable book."
--The Wall Street Journal

"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 year's The Devil in the White City."
--Chicago Tribune 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 twentieth century . . . Sin in the Second City explores this world with gusto, throwing light on a booming city and exposing its shadows."
--Time Out Chicago

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

"Abbott adroitly evokes the cathouse atmosphere, but it is the rapier-sharp character sketches that best show off her authorial skills and will keep readers continually bemused." --Booklist

"Vibrant . . . titillating . . . With colorful characters, this is an entertaining, well-researched slice of Windy City history."
--Publishers Weekly