"The author gives an entertaining, wised-up rundown of the case and the surrounding media hoopla, which the defendants and their lawyers cannily manipulated....[Perry's] savvy, flamboyant social history illuminates a dawning age of celebrity culture."
"Douglas Perry...tells [Belva Gaertner's and Beulah Annan's] stories in delicious and devilish detail."
From the Publisher
The novelty of women working in a man's world may have worn off to some degree in many fields, but when it comes to murder, we still have an insatiable curiosity about women who achieve success. Journalist Douglas Perry doesn't disappoint in this lively, wonderfully detailed account of two Jazz Age femmes fatales who shot and killed their lovers and then became celebrities behind bars--due largely to the newspaper articles written by a female journalist. Perry weaves these strands together in a nonfiction tale that is as entertaining and fascinating as the hit musical "Chicago," which was inspired by the same cast of real-life characters.