The Jazz Bird by Craig Holden

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An exquisitely written novel of love and betrayal, of money and power, set at the apex of that time of glitz and innocence known as the Jazz Age
CINCINNATI, 1927...
Lawyer George Remus became the country's biggest bootlegger, grossing over $80 million until his arrest. Upon his release from prison, he learns that his beautiful wife, Imogene, has left him and that his bank accounts are empty. On the morning of their divorce, he runs her car off the road in the middle of rush hour in Eden Park and shoots her to death.
Shocked and fascinated by this horrible crime, the country gears up for a sensational trial pitting the man known as "the king of the bootleggers" against Chief Prosecutor Charlie Taft, the youngest son of the former president. The trial is a national spectacle, a lens focused on the fabulous rise and fall of the Remus empire and the tragic love story within it, and an attempt to answer some tantalizing questions: What actually happened to the fortune? What are the motives of the federal agent who brought Remus down? What complex emotions and desires, leading ultimately to the ruin of three men, really lie within the heart of the woman known as the Jazz Bird?
Based on a true story, The Jazz Bird is at once a love story, a crime novel, and the tale of the courtroom battle between two powerful men whose respective futures hang in the balance.
 

About Craig Holden

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Craig Holden is the author of four previous novels: The Jazz Bird, The River Sorrow, The Last Sanctuary, and Four Corners of Night. He lives in Michigan.
 
Published January 19, 2002 by Simon & Schuster. 330 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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But that strategy came only after Remus, a busy member of the Cincinnati bar in his pre–rum-running days, decided to let wiser friends prevail and backed away from his original chest-thumping stand that “Remus’s lawyer shall be Remus” and accepted the hard-nosed, high-profile Carl Elston as co-co...

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With a gruff, streetwise voice that would make a perfect narrator for any good film noir, veteran reader and Tony Award–winning performer of the Broadway show Contact, Gaines does a fine job of capturing the hep, sassy world of the 1920s that Holden (Four Corners of Night) so precisely evokes in ...

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Although Holden jumps back and forth in time, from about 1920 when Imogene and George first meet, until the day in the park when George shoots her, one is never confused as to time or place.

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