", "...the definitive work on prostitution in the West, not to mention one of the best-written, most enjoyable reads in Western history.". There are a few women in this book who might fit the real description, but even they are marred by the author's insistence on revealing all the negative and dark side of these women. Hell's Belles, Revised Edition: Prostitution, Vice, and Crime in Early Denver, With a Biography of Sam Howe, Frontier Lawman. Unique story idea, but the ending ruined the book, Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2007. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. From Mama to Mammy, from Scarlett to Blanche, Hell's Belles (often exclaimed in mock piety and defining generations of Southern women) is a hilarious and loving tribute to the famous and infamous females of ol' Dixie. Please try again. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Among those whose exploits or imagination vaulted them to fame are writers Carson McCullers and Anne Rice; emancipator Harriet Tubman; actress and one-time town owner Kim Basinger; ex-Black Panther Angela Davis; '30s outlaw Bonnie Parker; and mascara maven Tammy Faye Baker. Other than the fact that she enjoys sex and being the center of attention of her adoring fans at the strip club she ends up working at that's about as "evil" as she gets. The author seems to think that just by virtue of being Southern born, that makes one a "Belle." The heat of a Faulknerian summer flames many of the pages of this collective biography that keeps one's attention from page one. Please try again. There was a problem loading your book clubs. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I found it to be repetitive. ALthough a non-fiction, this book is very evocative of the hard-scrabble lives that made up Market Street in its heyday. Bad seeds, belles-lettres, rule breakers, shrieking violets, bar belles--how could any collection of impudent sketches that celebrates and lampoons the American Southern belle go wrong? This book is definitely hot (OK, I just had to say that). Please try your request again later. What I would love to have seen was a perspective of one officer that had integrity like Howe and seen this through his eyes. A chronological/linear order would have been bland. It's told in such a clear and engaging style (without being salacious) that it's an absolute gem if you're looking for this sort of research. It was pretty intriguing to read 2-3 page summaries about historical and current southern women who've made an impact or just made there presence known. I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Please try again. I would have had just a few of those stories in there. I also liked the mystery/danger aspect of the book. What a variety of females to consider, what herstory to add to one's knowledge. But that was before Hell put a bounty on her head. Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2008. How he felt about what was happening. The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, 1), Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1), A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1), "As sinful and decadent as melted chocolate on skin. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. With Emma’s help, they’ll try to defeat an enemy that wants all the powe Great book, well researched and an entertaining read on the less-delicate aspects of Denver - crime and prostitution! Hell's Belles examines the neglected topics of vice and crime in Denver and utilizes a unique and invaluable historic source - the scrapbooks of Detective Sam Howe. It is brilliantly well written and keeps you wanting to read on to find out the ending. Why was Jess so desperate to leave Hell? Clark Secrest has captured an era in Colorado history that has long been under-represented within the historical canon. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Since then, EB’s has become known for it’s commitment to quality and dedication to baking perfection. Her book proves just the opposite. Hell's Belles - A fantastic look at Denver's Wild History, Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2010. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. After reading the reviews for this book, I was really excited to read it. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The portion on Sam Howe was less interesting to me personally, but the accounts of prostitution, gambling and sharp dealings were right on the mark! Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2011. There was a problem loading your book clubs. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Hell's Belles is a very unique story of debutantes who are witches and a secret that is yet to be discover in this bo She is taken to Charleston, South Carolina to live with her aunt. It offers a wealth of information not only about the vices so common in Denver during the latter half of the 1800s, but a glimpse into what life must have been like (albeit on the seedy side of town). A glorious book - a celebration of southern women, and all that they stand for, from their notorious southern charm to their unique and equally-infamous 'darker' side. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Exactly who is the main bad guy? I can see this book has received some high rankings. Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books.
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