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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: July 2008 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Lisa | 1/27/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/22/2014

    " Different style book for me, but as it was recommended by my husband, I decided to give it a try. It was set in a corrupt town in the 1950's. Basically, its about the good guys vs the bad guys and who will prevail to run the town. I enjoyed it - certainly a good diversion from chic-lit, but nothing too serious either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.S. | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Based on a true story but it read like a great mystery. I loved the setting and time frame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 1/18/2014

    " Not the sort of book I would choose but got it from my signed books book club. Gritty story with good plot but more if a man's story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amilia | 12/22/2013

    " Ugh I couldn't get into it. Read about 3 chapters and it still wasn't getting my attention. Really, who cares about Alabama in the 50s?? Haha "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 12/19/2013

    " If you have a passion for learning about political corruption, you need to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 12/11/2013

    " This novel is based on a real-life situation in an Phenix City, an Alabama border town. The writing and narration are a lot like Elmore Leonard, but the story line is inventive and the prose is very clear. I got this book from my brother and loved it, reading it while I was visiting in Alabama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Monroe | 11/17/2013

    " Not my favorite "Ace Atkins" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reade | 11/13/2013

    " Great book based on actual events. I could barely set this book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 9/8/2013

    " I look forward to more of his historical crime thrillers based on actual events. This was disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Flues | 6/14/2013

    " It rambled a bit at first but was a good novel overall "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Villager | 12/22/2012

    " This is a very unique crime story told from the perspective of the locals of a small-town den of inequity. I don't really recommend it unless you live in Las Vegas or Atlantic City ... or some other town where casinos and gambling run rampant! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al Stoess | 11/14/2012

    " Interesting novel based on Phenix City, Alabama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlaralotte | 10/1/2012

    " Excellent dissection of the Fatty Arbuckle murder trial. Excellent research into 1920s San Francisco, bootlegging, prevalence of TB, motivation of all the people involved in the incident. Will make a good movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/18/2012

    " This book was read because I am working in another city that was a wicked city. Not a great read, not a well written book, but a very interesting book for someone from the same time period and from the same part of the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selma de Oliveira | 4/18/2012

    " Sounds so real "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 10/18/2011

    " This is my first Ace Atkins book. I am really taken with the visual aspect of his prose, and with this one, the historical setting in Phenix City. I'm taking this one slowly and enjoying it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 7/29/2011

    " Had to force myself to finish it. Just wasn't for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lawrence FitzGerald | 5/2/2011

    " It was ok, just couldn't stay interested enough to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/8/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajaxwriter | 10/10/2010

    " If you have a passion for learning about political corruption, you need to read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amilia | 4/24/2010

    " Ugh I couldn't get into it. Read about 3 chapters and it still wasn't getting my attention. Really, who cares about Alabama in the 50s?? Haha "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlaralotte | 9/13/2009

    " Excellent dissection of the Fatty Arbuckle murder trial. Excellent research into 1920s San Francisco, bootlegging, prevalence of TB, motivation of all the people involved in the incident. Will make a good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 7/15/2009

    " This novel is based on a real-life situation in an Phenix City, an Alabama border town. The writing and narration are a lot like Elmore Leonard, but the story line is inventive and the prose is very clear. I got this book from my brother and loved it, reading it while I was visiting in Alabama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reade | 6/19/2009

    " Great book based on actual events. I could barely set this book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/15/2008

    " This book was read because I am working in another city that was a wicked city. Not a great read, not a well written book, but a very interesting book for someone from the same time period and from the same part of the country.


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 7/8/2008

    " Had to force myself to finish it. Just wasn't for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 6/29/2008

    " This is my first Ace Atkins book. I am really taken with the visual aspect of his prose, and with this one, the historical setting in Phenix City. I'm taking this one slowly and enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/26/2008

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

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About the Author
Author Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of seventeen books, including five books in the Quinn Colson series. Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, he has also written several of these, including Robert. B. Parker’s Lullaby, Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, and Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot, all of which were New York Times bestsellers.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.