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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ace Atkins Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, The Wickedest City in America. But even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

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 for just a moment - and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide 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 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.

Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, both real and fictional, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, rich with atmosphere, filled with sensuality and surprise. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suzanne Johnson | 2/10/2014

    " Great true-crime drama about an era of my home state's past I knew nothing about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon Griffitts | 1/31/2014

    " Suspenseful and fast moving plot with lots of deaths. This novel is based on true incidents in Phenix City, Alabama in the early fifties. It was a time of vast corruption endorsed and aided by all levels of law enforcement. There is a small sub plot involving a teenage love story to include just a little romance. More deaths from gunfire than I like but those who live by force are apt to die by force and justly so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 1/30/2014

    " This was a fictionalized account of events in Phoenix City, Alabama in the mid-1950s. It makes me glad that I wasn't there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/27/2014

    " Good story. Would have been good as straight fiction. Interesting how a small town was so overrun. "

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