Karen  Abbott-The Ghost of Eden Park: The Bootleg King

Karen Abbott


Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.


Organized Crime, Murder, and Mayhem Across a Century, a Conversation with Karen Abbot and Evan Ratliff

Karen Abbott's new book is an epic true crime story about the most successful bootlegger in American History. Evan Ratlff's is the incredible true story of the man who created a frighteningly internet-enabled drug cartel. Both writers have employed deep historical research to create unprecedented accounts of organized crime and the murder and mayhem radiating out from the men in control.

Moderator: Matt Sharer

Matthew Shaer is a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to publications such as Harper’s, GQ, and the Atlantic. He narrated and co-wrote Over My Dead Body, a six-episode podcast that spent six weeks on top of iTunes charts around the globe. The show is currently being adapted for TV.

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The Ghost of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, The Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America

In 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 multi-millionaire. The press calls him “King of the Bootleggers”. With FBI investigator Franklin Dodge on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene Remus begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government–and that can only end in murder. Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.

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