Wicked City
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Series: Crime Classics, Book 0
Genre: Crime Classics
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Year: 2008
ASIN: 399154574
ISBN: 425227073

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, "The Wickedest City in America," a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch.

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In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch.

When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause just for a moment—and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide that they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen. Over the course of the next several months, lives will change, people will die, and unexpected heroes will emerge—like “a Randolph Scott western,” one of them remarks, “played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades.”

Atkins draws from the worlds of pulp and Faulkner in Wicked City, using characters from the town’s true history to tell a story of the best and worst of morality, and the ambiguity in between.
Critical Praise

“This is the classic Western tale of good vs. evil, ‘played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and Fords and .38s and switchblades.’ The result is a gripping, superb crime story, all the more remarkable because it really did happen. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

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