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Product Description A sweeping historical novel about a beautiful con artist whose
turn-of-the-century escapades take her around the world as she's
doggedly pursued by a Pinkerton Agency detective
opens in 1917 with our cunning protagonist, May Dugas, standing trial
for extortion. As the trial unfolds, May tells her version of events.
1887, at the tender age of eighteen, May ventures to Chicago in hopes
of earning enough money to support her family. Circumstances force her
to take up residence at the city’s most infamous bordello, but May soon
learns to employ her considerable feminine wiles to extract not only
sidelong looks but also large sums of money from the men she encounters.
Insinuating herself into Chicago’s high society, May lands a
well-to-do fiancé — until, that is, a Pinkerton Agency detective named
Reed Doherty intervenes and summarily foils the engagement.
May quickly rebounds, elevating seduction and social climbing to an art
form as she travels the world, eventually marrying a wealthy Dutch
Baron. Unfortunately, Reed Doherty is never far behind and continues to
track May in a delicious cat-and-mouse game as the newly-minted
Baroness’s misadventures take her from San Francisco to Shanghai to
London and points in between.
The Pinkerton Agency really did
dub May the “Most Dangerous Woman,” branding her a crafty blackmailer
and ruthless seductress. To many, though, she was the most glamorous
woman to grace high society. Was the real May Dugas a cold-hearted
swindler or simply a resourceful provider for her poor family?
the narrative bounces back and forth between the trial taking place in
1917 and May’s devious but undeniably entertaining path to the courtroom
— hoodwinking and waltzing her way through the gilded age and into the
twentieth century — we're left to ponder her guilt as we move closer to
finding out what fate ultimately has in store for our irresistible
The book opens in 1917 with May a cunning extortionist awaiting trial.
As the trial goes on we learn the events leading up to the trial.
When May was 18 years old she traveled to Chicago in hopes to make money
to send to her family back home. Unfortunately things do go as well as
she thought and she is forced to work at a infamous bordello where she
learns to use her feminine wiles to swindle men from their money. She
lands a rich fiance but a Pinkerton agent Reed Doherty puts a stop to
May rebounds back while traveling the world using her wiles and social
climbing and evidently marrying a rich Dutch Baron. Reed Doherty is on
her steps and isn't too far behind the newly minted Baroness chasing her
from San Francisco to Shanghai to London and places in between.
May's character development was well written from her childhood to
mature adulthood. The author did a great job in researching the
fashion, environment, food, architecture and describing them in great
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