By Ryerson Johnson
Note: First released in 1952
Her identify used to be Tessie Cullen and he or she was once beautiful... and he or she shook the cube in a joint in Coalfield—the such a lot sinful urban south of Chicago. The hoods owned Coalfield, owned its corrupt, neon physique and soul they usually had a rent on Tessie, too. A non permanent rent, might be, however it stored her in line. yet they by no means figured on Tessie's falling in love. They by no means figured on Hally Harper, the crusading younger attorney who got here to Coalfield to blow the lid off it and its jungle of rackets. the percentages have been all on homicide. Tessie's.
Coalfield's most well-liked occasion, The Sparrow Hawk Derby, is the backdrop for intrigue, deception and greed. it kind of feels the massive Boys from Chicago have a private curiosity within the Derby, understanding a lot dough might be made of all that making a bet. Harper has an curiosity, in addition. He's truly a federal narcotics agent at the path of an incredible cargo of opium that's long past lacking. What he doesn't anticipate finding is homicide. Tessie is familiar with barely enough to get herself killed via the Mob... and it's as much as Harper to get this situation unraveled quickly sooner than she turns into the following sufferer!