Meet Paul Bacon, Jazz-Age ladies’ man and junior lawyer on the make. He's come to California for the sunshine and sandy beaches. But all he’s found is loneliness and misery in the fog-choked canyons of San Francisco.
Then one night, he meets Molly Carver. She’s beautiful, she’s mysterious. And before Paul knows it, she’s lured him across the bay to her hometown of Evansville for a romantic escapade in the California promised by the travel brochures.
What could possibly go wrong? Everything.
Because Molly’s promise is only camouflage for a dangerous game. Evansville is no paradise but a sewer of sin and pollution; a wilderness of slaughterhouses, factories, and oil refineries; of speakeasies, brothels, and gambling dens even gamier than San Francisco.
Before he knows it, Paul is caught in the crossfire of a gang war over Butchertown’s teeming vice rackets. As bullets fly and bodies pile up, Paul is forced into the role of diplomat between the warring factions. If he wants to get out alive, he’d better find a way make peace.
Set at the dawn of Prohibition, Butchertown is a colorful, bullet-packed tale of scheming bootleggers, trigger-happy gunmen, devious molls, and a pair of passionate Prohibitionists—one of them an old flame of Paul’s—raging to mold an unwilling world to their unbending ideals.
From the prize-winning pen of the author of Dragon's Ark, Butchertown is also the story of a soft-boiled guy trapped in a hard-boiled world; of a callow but decent man’s efforts to broker a sensible peace out of an insensible situation; and how he comes to wonder if the new world of the twentieth century is one that human beings can live in.
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