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Johanneck, Elizabeth. TWIN CITIES PROHIBITION: Minnesota Blind Pigs and Bootleggers. NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Charleston: The History Press, 2011). 160 pp.
~~~ Ferret out the haunts and habits of those who kept speakeasy doors oiled and politics crooked in the Twin Cities. If you take a tour of former blind pigs today, you will probably encounter nothing more dangerous than a lifelong attraction to the 5-8 Club’s Juicy Lucy Burger, but Twin Cities Prohibition will return you to a time when honest reporting like that of Walter Liggett was answered with machine gun fire. Clink glasses with notorious characters such as Kid Cann, Dapper Dan Hogan and Doc Ames, the “Shame of Minneapolis,” in Elizabeth Johanneck’s raid on this fascinating era of history.


Peck, Garrett, PROHIBITION IN WASHINGTON, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't. NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Charleston: The History Press, 2011). Over 80 images, 160 pp.
~~~ In 1929, it was estimated that every week bootleggers brought twenty-two thousand gallons of whiskey, moonshine and other spirits into Washington, D.C.’s three thousand speakeasies. H.L. Mencken called it the “thirteen awful years,” though it was sixteen for the District. Nevertheless, the bathtub gin–swilling capital dwellers made the most of Prohibition. Author Garrett Peck crafts a rollicking history brimming with stories of vice, topped off with vintage cocktail recipes and garnished with a walking tour of former speakeasies. Join Peck as he explores an underground city ruled not by organized crime but by amateur bootleggers, where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with a new sound called jazz. .


Rippeloe, Rita Elizabeth, BOOZE AND THE PRIVATE EYE: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2004). Bibliography, index, 215 pp.
~~~ The hard-bitten PI with a bottle of bourbon in his desk drawer—it’s an image as old as the genre of hard-boiled detective fiction itself. Alcohol has long been an important element of detective fiction, but it is no mere prop. Rather, the treatment of alcohol within the works informs and illustrates the detective’s moral code, and casts light upon the society’s attitudes towards drink. ~~~ This examination of the role of alcohol in hard-boiled detective fiction begins with the genre’s birth, in an era strongly influenced and affected by Prohibition, and follows both the genre’s development and its relation to our changing understanding of and attitudes towards alcohol and alcoholism. It discusses the works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker, Lawrence Block, Marcia Muller, Karen Kijewski and Sue Grafton. There are bibliographies of both the primary and critical texts, and an index of authors and works.


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