Karen Abbott

Madams, Ministers, Playboys and the Battle for America's Soul

Delicious... poetic... Sin in the Second City is a lush love letter to the underworld."       

—The New York Times
Book Review

Ada Everleigh reclines

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A detailed and intimate portrait of the Ritz of brothels, the famed Everleigh Club of turn-of-the-century Chicago, with such glamorous chambers as the Room of 1,000 Mirrors, complete with a reflective floor. And isn’t Minna’s advice to her resident prostitutes worthy advice for us all:  “Give, but give interestingly and with mystery.”’               
—Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City


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A rollicking tale

Abbott debuts with a dispatch from the seething underbelly of old-time Chicago, where a pair of sisters ran the finest whorehouse in the land. According to Abbott’s highly engaging and personable account, the Everleigh Club was something to behold, especially in a neighborhood

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known for its 50-cent tricks and places called the Bucket of Blood or Why Not? It boasted a dining room paneled in mahogany, a fountain that sprayed perfume into the air, astronomic door fees and stunning women, cherry-picked from the city’s thousands of Sister Carries.”

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