America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies and a new kind of woman—the flapper.
Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind, and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”
As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entree into a world filled with bootlegged bourbon, wailing jazz and money to burn. She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them, until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.
The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles towards one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Praise for Dollface
Dollface is as intoxicating as the forbidden liquor at the heart of it. Rosen’s Chicago gangsters are vividly rendered, and the gun molls stir up at least as much trouble as their infamous men. Fans of Boardwalk Empire will love Dollface. I know I did.
Sara Gruen New York Times bestselling author of Water For Elephants
Renee Rosen has combined her daring and vivid imagination with the rich history of Prohibition-era Chicago. Dollface is a lively, gutsy, romp of a novel that will keep you turning pages.
Karen Abbott New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City
un molls and the gangsters they love spring to life in Dollface, Renee Rosen’s lush novel set at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Her skill at maintaining the balance between thrilling plot turns and rich character development is evident on every page. Pour yourself a glass of gin, turn up the jazz, and prepare to lose yourself in the unforgettable story of a quintessential flapper.
Tasha Alexander, NYT bestselling author of Death in the Floating City
Dollface sheds a new light on Prohibition-era gangsters when we see them through the eyes of the women who kept their secrets and shared their beds. Rosen’s Chicago is bursting with booze, glamour, sex, and power–but it all comes at a terrible price for the characters we come to love in this vivid, engrossing novel. I couldn’t put it down!
Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of In Need of a Good Wife