In 1930, the unsolved crime of the disappearance of Judge Crater provides a fertile field for the author's interpretation of the events leading up to this event. Prohibition mobsters and politicians, dance hall girls and girlie shows, speakeasies and the easy access to alcohol that those who had the power or the money never actually had to do without all set the stage complete the picture
There is no reason to say that events could not have happened this way, those suspected or supposedly holding information were of course his wife, his maid and his mistress. I did, however, have a problem with these characters. I felt that they were very predictable, in fact much of this book was, and one dimensional. Never quite felt that they stepped out of their supposed roles or images. Yet the book is entertaining, the feel of the 30's is credibly related and it is easy to get caught up in the action. Historical fiction fans will find much to like.