Two Shades of Vice
Based on the true story of an interracial couple's life together in crime
by Dewey B. Reynolds
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Pub Date 24 Apr 2017 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2017
The action is hot in Kansas City during the 1960s. Gordon Reynolds happens to be a vicious criminal who has served prison time in five different states over a period of twenty-five years. Gordon is determined to muscle his way into major rackets such as prostitution, bootlegging whiskey, robbery, hijacking and contraband cigarettes. He eventually meets up with Alla Mae Briggs. She knows the prostitution racket very well, since she worked the Kansas City streets for several years. She too has a lengthy rap sheet of twenty-five criminal convictions for the solicitation of prostitution. Gordon needs someone to help him operate his main bawdy house.
Alla Mae is the perfect recruit to help him forge stronger relations between his hookers and their customers. The collaboration of their experiences on the streets proves highly profitable. But unforeseen danger causes things to come crashing down all around them. Racist cops, ruthless gangsters, a white supremacist group, jealous pimps and rival hookers are the opposing forces that this interracial couple are destined to face. Crossing the racial line puts them at incredible odds with the law and fellow criminals alike. Based on the true story of how a white man and a black woman fell in love and broke all the rules in order to make their living together illegally.
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Average rating from 8 members
3.5 Stars. A kind of quirky yet readable true crime book about an interracial couple who seem to work rather well together in early 60's crime in Kansas City crime together. Alla Mae had been working the streets as an independent hooker when Gordon Reynolds offers her a job managing one of his two bawdy houses. She finds herself falling for him and being suited for the work, dangerous though it is. Liked the book, despite the violence, racism of the times, and too abrupt ending. (Thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the author for providing me with an ARC for review)
This book is an awesome read. It chronicles an inter-racial couple who were there for each other, even during crimes. This book is about 2 people that are involved in a criminal life but it is also, believe it or not a love story. We see how they dealt with being an inter-racial couple, the stigma of this type of relationship from others but how they stuck it out. You have action, romance and an all around dynamic read in this book. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.