Dollface A Novel of the Roaring Twenties
"Dollfaceâ€ was the name often given to girlfriends of mobsters during the Roaring Twenties. Vera Abramowitz is a nice Jewish girl who thought she was escaping a world of drudgery in Chicago. Vera is barely surviving on her typistâ€™s salary when she meets two men who change her life and introduce her to the world of flashy living, guns, mobster hits, illegal booze running, and more. Tony, an Al Capone hood, first dazzles Vera with his lifestyle. They are passionate but without commitment. She meets Shep Green, who owns a nightclub and is involved with Caponeâ€™s rival gang, the North Side Gang. Tony knows about Shep, but Shep knows nothing of Tony. Vera and Shep marry when she becomes pregnant. Hints are dropped that seem to indicate shady business deals and rivalries ending up in murders. These increase in frequency and vengeance rules the day with the loss of each gang member. Shep eventually goes to prison and Vera does what she must to support her family. When he is released, life as before does not totally return. It was an attractive and glamorous lifestyle they lived, something that that couldnâ€™t possibly last. The gang war returns full force and leaves you not wanting to put the book down. The story was very well written and the end doesn't disappoint.