Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Girls of Murder City

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Penguin Paperback / On Sale: July 26, 2011

The Girls of Murder City spans several categories—true-crime, comedy, social history. It turns out that behind ‘Chicago’ there was a sexy, swaggering, historical tale in no need of a soundtrack. Liked the movie. Loved the book.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“For true crime buffs, history fans or anyone interested in the roaring 1920s, this one’s a sure-fire hit.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] well-researched, fast-paced story behind the story.”
Booklist

“Entertaining…wised up…savvy, flamboyant social history”
Publishers Weekly

“Perry takes a sturdy foundation of murder, sex and Chicago’s scandal-happy newspapers and builds a nonfiction marvel. His bouncy, exuberant prose perfectly complements the theatricality of the proceedings, and he deftly maneuvers away from the main story without ever losing momentum . . . The Girls of Murder City not only illustrates the origins of a new media monster, but reminds us that we’ve
never been that innocent.”
BookPage

“Recaptures a moment in which the Victorian feminine ideal was (and wasn’t) giving way to the “churning change” of the flapper lifestyle — and ebulliently elucidates the emergence of the criminal as celebrity. It’s this summer’s “not guilty” pleasure.”
—NPR, Books We Like

From Al Capone to Leopold and Loeb, the history of Prohibition-era Chicago violence is the stuff of legend. But what of the fairer sex? On the bookshelf beside SIN IN THE SECOND CITY and THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, Douglas Perry has recreated the glamour, intensity, and notoriety of this iconic time and place in The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago. Fueled by rich period detail, a narrative voice that perfectly channels the pulse of Jazz Age Chicago, and a cast of characters that seem destined for the stage, Perry has written a crackling history that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the age and its sober repercussions.

Why did you write The Girls of Murder City?
Douglas Perry: Because no one else had. When I first saw Chicago: The Musical, back in the late ’90s, I read in the playbill that Maurine Watkins had based the original play on actual murder trials she covered for the Chicago Tribune in 1924. I expected to be able to find a book about the real events but none existed. This surprised me because the real story is so amazing. It has beautiful women, wanton sex, cold-blooded murder, all-consuming corruption, devastating heartbreak. Even Al Capone and Leopold and Loeb make appearances.

For More Information:
Press Release
Cover Image for Download (Paperback edition)
Q&A with Douglas Perry

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The Magician King by TIME book critic, Lev Grossman

Get on the list now for a pre-publication review copy in mid-July. Also available on Netgalley (will be approving requests Wednesday, July 6th)

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Viking / On Sale: August 9, 2011

Hailed as a “painfully perceptive novel of the fantastic that brings to mind both Jay McInerney and J. K. Rowling*,” Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman’s The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature.  It debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list in the summer of 2009 and has taken on a life of its own over the past two years.  Now Grossman is back with the much-anticipated sequel THE MAGICIAN KING, coming out from Viking on August 9th, 2011 (978-0-670-02231-1; $26.95).

THE MAGICIAN KING picks up in the magical land of Fillory, where Quentin and his friends are now kings and queens.  They spend their days insulated by privilege, but it’s a less than intellectually rigorous existence and their days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall.  When a recreational hunting adventure takes a dark turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical ship and set off on a quest to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom.     But their pleasure cruise becomes a disaster when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parents’ house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.  The obsessive expertise that should make Quentin a hero fails him back in suburban America, and only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.

More Information
Q&A with Lev Grossman
The Magician King Press Release

Images for Download
The Golden Key
The Star Tattoos
Cover Image
Color Map of The Voyage of Muntjac

Links for THE MAGICIAN KING
The Magician King website
Lev on Twitter @leverus
Lev on Facebook

If you need a copy of the first book, The Magicians, please let me know. Contact: Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com 

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