Analysis Of The Girls Of Murder City

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The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry follows the lives of various women in Chicago who are on trial for murder in the 1920’s and the new kid on the block reporter following their cases. While The Girls of Murder City did have a few good parts and vivid description, the book was overtaken by its lack of relevant information, poor pacing and flow, and its inability to make us want to pick up the book again. This book follows the true stories of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan, while reporter Maurine Watkins is tracking their stories. The girls are always referred to as beautiful and charismatic, essentially all that matters to the media. They find themselves in a sticky situation of getting caught possibly murdering a lover, and now face a lengthy trial and penalty that could cost them their life in jail or death. Douglas Perry adds massive amounts of detail throughout the book. This ranges from the way a murderess appeared in court to the personality of Beulah’s lawyers. Perry describes the relationship between William Scott Stewart and W.W. O’Brien, Beulah’s lawyers, with just enough detail that the reader can actually envision them without getting bored. Stewart is smart and “lanky, with a long, rawboned face…” (Perry 98). O’Brien is a large contrast to Stewart’s love of law and intelligence, with a love of women and a flamboyant nature. We saw that they weren’t ordinary partners, but men who would get Beulah out of trouble. While retelling Beulah’s trial, Perry also
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