A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs – America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice
A bit of a departure here – crime history for your consideration.
The place at play in this book is Hot Springs, Arkansas, when it was a sanctum of gambling and horse racing, organized crime and loan sharks, hustlers and button men.
From the 1930s to 1960s, it was jazz, glamour and comedians. The place to hide-out or the place to be seen. And The Vapors was the most glamorous of casinos, rivaling anything that Las Vegas had to offer.
Arkansas native David Hill follows three characters in the telling of this place and time in history: his grandmother Hazel Hill, Owney Madden of Cotton Club infamy, and Dane Harris, a leader of the National Crime Syndicate.
This narrative novel is part political history, part chronicle, and all interesting. I enjoyed learning about this place in time and you might as well.
~ June Lorraine
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