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Fueled by a passion for 1940s movies and her jazz musician father’s tales of a time when “every hole-in-the wall bar had a band,” 15-year old Becky Shelling dreams of a career in show biz. When her beloved dad disappears, Becky finds solace in Carolyn Kibble, upstairs neighbor and barmaid at her dad’s former hang-out. Then one day, as though from one of her dad’s treasured tales, into her life walks a handsome older man named Lenny Moss. Taking Becky to work for him on Baltimore’s “World-Famous Block,” Lenny inadvertently leads her down a path of self-discovery on a seedy former burlesque strip where everyone has a tale about the good old days and nothing is quite as it seems.
“As original as it is addictive. A truly compelling read that is worthy of high praise.” – Publisher’s Weekly (independent review)
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