The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott

The Ghosts of Eden Park

The epic true crime story of bootlegger George Remus and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, SpyIn the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multimillionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootlegg...

Details The Ghosts of Eden Park

TitleThe Ghosts of Eden Park
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreNonfiction, History, Crime, True Crime, Mystery, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews The Ghosts of Eden Park

  • Julie
    The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott is a 2019 Crown Publishing Group publication. An absorbing and shocking true crime saga!!George Remus is a name I was only moderately familiar with. I knew he was a famous bootlegger during prohibition, but I didn’t know much more than that. I had not familiarized myself with his complex criminal operation or with h...
  • Joshilyn Jackson
    I have read all of Abbott's books, even though I am primarily a fiction reader. I love them because they read like novels. This one reads like a literary legal thriller. It has some INSANE twists. I love that things actually happened that would break my suspension of disbelief in fiction. The truth really is stranger. Well drawn characters, gorgeous writing, and a murder mystery? Yes, please. Highly recommended.
  • Karen Rush
    The Ghosts of Eden Park Karen AbbottKaren Abbott brilliantly pieces together this page-turner through meticulous resource and without any fictional dialogue. With so much chronicled information, I suspected this might be a dry journaling of events but no, far from it! It is a rich narrative, a captivating story about a volatile time in American history that involved widespread corruption amongst a who’s who of politicians, judges, law enforceme...
  • Samantha
    Competently executed yet disappointingly dull. I have greatly enjoyed Abbott’s other work and expected this to be a slam dunk. Unfortunately, I found myself bored of the narrative and apathetic about the subject matter.Generally speaking, bootlegging and Prohibition are not topics that lend themselves particularly well to narrative nonfiction. They certainly *seem* like they should (largely because fiction has done such a good job with this top...
  • Toni
    This is a must read in Cincinnati, where I’ve lived for the past 27 years. Great city btw. I combined ebook and audio, which I like to do occasionally, depending on the book. This audio was great so I switched over half way through. Alternating male and female narrators added to the appeal of listening and sparking the content. Facts and entertaining drama entwined for great historical content we must “keep alive.” Must read for true crime ...
  • Susannah
    Sexy, smart, compulsively readable -- and expertly researched.
  • Robert Sheard
    Americans have long been fascinated with Prohibition and bootleggers, so it's no surprise that a story about one of the biggest bootleggers would bring such attention. Throw in a domestic murder as well and you have the makings of what should have been a spell-binding read. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really get there. Abbott's research is extensive and meticulous, but I think that might actually have hampered the storytelling. So much secon...
  • Beth Cato
    I received an advance ebook via NetGalley.I never cease to be amazed by the innovations and machinations perpetuated by bootleggers during Prohibition, and wow does this book bring an incredible drama to light. George Remus was a corporate powerhouse out of Cincinnati. Once a lawyer known for courtroom histrionics, he switched his focus to dominating the illicit liquor trade throughout the Midwest. He accumulated incredible wealth and prestige, m...
  • Ronnie Cramer
    A well-researched if sometimes laborious account of a 1920s murder. The book includes plenty of interesting historical information but the events never seem to get tied together adequately.
  • Kitty Jay
    There are times when you hear of people who had such an enormous impact on the course of history that you wonder how you never heard of them before. George Remus, and his pursuer, Mabel Willebrandt, are two such people. George Remus, at one time known as the "King of the Bootleggers", owned as much as 35% of all liquor in the United States during Prohibition. Given to excess and outpourings of emotion, coupled with an erratic, but nonetheless suc...
  • Bruce Perrin
    A Tale of Bootlegging, Betrayal, and Murder Diluted in the TellingThe Ghosts of Eden Park is set in the Jazz Age in the United States. It was a time of great change—women received the right to vote; fashion, music, and social norms were being transformed; and alcohol became illegal. Into this setting, insert George Remus, a lawyer turned bootlegger who quickly amassed a vast fortune by finding loopholes in the new Prohibition laws. Opposing Rem...
  • Ronald Koltnow
    To be published by Crown in August 2019Fans of the HBO program BOARDWALK EMPIRE may recall an odd presence named Remus, George Remus. He always referred to himself in the third person. George Remus was an historical figure, a leading bootlegger in Ohio and a colorful character, as Abbott's fine bio points out. He may have been the model for Fitzgerald's Gatsby. Abbott, known for her previous studies of the Everleigh Sisters and Gypsy Rose Lee, do...
  • Laurel
    Well researched, Abbott tells the story of George Reums, a bootleg king in 1920s Chicago. Just as Gatsby did, Remus created the character he became- a highly sought rumrunner living in opulence off the money he made. Until he got caught. Into this mix are his wife, Imogene who begins to sell Remus' property while he is in jail. She is supported in her efforts by the undercover agent who was sent to spy on her and her husband. This true story brin...
  • Darcia Helle
    The Prohibition era fascinates me and, given the added murder and intrigue, I expected to love this book. And so I was surprised at how hard I had to work to stay focused and get through this one. I kept putting it down, with little desire to pick it back up again.The first two-thirds of the book reads like dry research. While some of the facts are interesting, much of it feels tedious. The people involved never come alive on the pages. I didn't ...
  • Kim
    Fascinating. Page-turner. Truth is stranger than fiction. I had never heard of George Remus, a predecessor of Al Capone (nor did I google him before reading the book). The book is well researched, easy to read and recommended if you enjoy reading about historical figures.From the book: “In the court room daily he smiles at his well-trained witnesses. Many people are already saying, ‘Remus can get away with murder.’ He often told Mother and ...
  • Cynthia
    Once again, Karen Abbott brings to life hidden and forgotten gems of US history. The Ghosts of Eden Park is the story of George Remus, an enterprising German immigrant. However, I found the Volstead Act and the corruption surrounding it to be equally fascinating. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the Prohibition Era .
  • Jenny
    Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Meticulously researched. Abbott delivers a thrilling account of George and Imogene Remus’ ill-fated marriage and their Prohibition exploits. George Remus comes to life off the page, a complicated, terrifying, yet incredibly sympathetic criminal mastermind.
  • Jack
    Very interesting,although sometimes plodding, story of George Remus, the king of the bootleggers in the 1920’s. He was a very eccentric & multi- faceted individual that is brought to life in a descriptive manner by the author. I would rate this book as a 3.5 if possible.
  • Rebecca
    As usual Abbot's work is compulsively readable and excellently researched.
  • Debbie
    This true-crime story reads like a great murder mystery. It will have you hooked from the start. Wonderful research that pulls you right into the story. 1921, George Remus - a bootlegging lawyer/millionaire during the prohibition Jazz age. A female prosecutor, Mabel Walker Willebrandt is put in the position because the corrupt US Attorney's office didn't think she would pose a threat to their relationship with Remus. She will prove them wrong. Yo...
  • Alyssa Steele
    I received this book in a giveaway. I loved this! Step into the 1920’s Prohibition Era and experience one bootlegger’s methods of bribing and altogether “finessing” (for lack of a better term) the US government to profit off the illegal production and sale of alcohol. Also, there’s murder. This was a very interesting read and Karen Abbott uses real sources, testimonies, and facts from this situation to create a lovely and very gripping ...
  • Leigh Ann
    A skillful rendering of narrative from extensive research and rebuilding from from historical archives. Well-told and suspenseful weaving of the pursuits and personal lives of characters/persons.
  • Jen
    Once again Karen Abbott has struck gold. The Story of Cincinnati bootlegger George Remus and his imminent rise and fall during Prohibition. Her deep digging research provides a wonderful glimspe into this time gone by. A wonderful read and I am quite sure will be another NY Times best seller
  • Michael
    THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK: THE BOOTLEG KING, THE WOMEN WHO PURSUED HIM, AND THE MURDER THAT SHOCKED JAZZ-AGE AMERICA by Karen Abbott. Published August 6 2019. Illegal liquor. Bootleggers. Gangsters. Murder. Infidelity. Insanity. Suicide. Government officials on the make. An Assistant Attorney General of the United States at the top of her game. You’ll find it all in THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK.George Remus is probably the most famous bootlegger that ...
  • Jeff
    George Remus, the “King is the Bootleggers” as he referred to himself was an infamous criminal/lawyer of international infamy who ran “good whiskey” from his kingdom atop Cincinnati, Ohio. Remus was a big man in every way. He did things with over the top flare. If asked a question that could be answered with a simple yes or no, Remus sometimes and usually answered with a reply that took half an hour.I had seen the character of George Remu...
  • Chris
    I typically don't read a lot of true crime, but I found the synopsis intriguing. I am certainly glad that I read this book! The Ghosts of Eden Park focuses on the career of pharmacist, lawyer, and bootlegger George Remus and his wife Imogene and their relationship as Remus gains notoriety as the "King of Bootleggers."The success that George Remus has makes him very wealthy, with he and his wife often bestowing very valuable gifts upon the pair's ...
  • Jake
    Karen Abbott is one of those writers I’ve always meant to get around to reading. She writes about fun pop-history stuff like the Chicago underworld at the turn of the 20th century and female spies who operated during the Civil War. It makes sense she would turn her scholarly attentions to notorious bootlegger George Remus and his wife Imogene. I would argue that while Al Capone is likely the most famous figure to emerge from prohibition, George...