“The Yankee Club is a compelling mystery, meticulously crafted, and filled with humor and witty dialogue.” Author Peg Glover
With all the style and wit of the classic “Thin Man” movies, The Yankee Club follows a detective turned mystery writer and a Broadway actress in 1933 as they investigate the murder of their childhood friend, along the way uncovering a Nazi plot against newly elected President Franklin Roosevelt.
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In Michael Murphy’s action-packed Prohibition-era novel of suspense, a mystery writer returns to the bright lights and dark alleys of New York City—uncovering a criminal conspiracy of terrifying proportions.
In 1933, America is at a crossroads: Prohibition will soon be history, organized crime is rampant, and President Roosevelt promises to combat the Great Depression with a New Deal. In these uncertain times, former-Pinkerton-detective-turned-bestselling-author Jake Donovan is beckoned home to Manhattan. He has made good money as the creator of dashing gumshoe Blackie Doyle, but the price of success was Laura Wilson, the woman he left behind. Now a Broadway star, Laura is engaged to a millionaire banker—and waltzing into a dangerous trap.
Before Jake can win Laura back, he’s nearly killed—and his former partner is shot dead—after a visit to the Yankee Club, a speakeasy dive in their old Queens neighborhood. Suddenly Jake and Laura are plunged into a conspiracy that runs afoul of gangsters, sweeping from New York’s private clubs to the halls of corporate power and to the White House itself. Brushing shoulders with the likes of Dashiell Hammett, Cole Porter, and Babe Ruth, Jake struggles to expose an inconspicuous organization hidden in plain sight, one determined to undermine the president and change the country forever.
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What others are saying:
“The plot, which is right out of a thirties ‘noir’ story, is spot on. Not to give away the action, needless to say Jake runs into American fascists, real Nazis and people endangering the American way of life. In between there are lots of fights, shoot outs, good cops, bad cops, good and bad gangsters, good looking dames (with great gams) and wise cracking wise guys. It’s an all-around good job and fun to read.” Reviewer Greye Wolfe
“There were so many plot twists and surprise saves it kept my heart pumping.” Sarah Weathersby
“The novel is a tale well told. One thing that makes it really fun is the assortment of famous characters who make their way to the Yankee Club or into Jake’s life – Cole Porter (who gets some help with his writer’s block); Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman (whose play, The Children’s Hour, gets the extra oomph it needs from Jake); and the great Yankee himself, Babe Ruth, who gets a bit surly with Jake and company.” Blogger Peter Faur
“This is a highly entertaining novel, very skillfully written. Murphy has done a great job of creating a story that reads like it could have been written by one of the greats of noir fiction. I highly recommend it.” Goodreads reviewer Scott Parsons
“This 1930′s noir story featuring Nazis, and other bad guys is riveting throughout. Fist fights, gun fights and wise cracks are all in there as you would expect.” Author R. D. Hale
“What was once so enjoyable comes alive again with clever dialogue, atmospheric authenticity, and palpable suspense.” Reviewer Schyler Wallace