Title: Parlor Games
Author: Maryka Biaggio
Standing trial for extortion in 1917, beautiful con artist May Dugas recounts her version of the events that led to her arrest, from her reluctant residence in a famous Chicago bordello and her eventual insinuation into high society to her foiled engagement and world travels as a seductress and blackmailer.
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A sparkling historical novel based on the remarkable true story of turn-of-the-century con artist May Dugas, once dubbed America’s “Most Dangerous Woman.”
It’s 1887, and eighteen-year-old May Dugas has ventured to Chicago in hopes of earning enough money to support her family. Yet when circumstances force her to take up residence at the city’s most infamous bordello, she chooses to use her feminine wiles to extract not only sidelong looks but also large sums of money from the men she encounters. Insinuating herself into high society, May lands a well-to-do fiancé—until, that is, a Pinkerton detective named Reed Doherty intervenes.
Reed has made it his mission to bring May to justice, and he pursues her across the world, from Shanghai to London and back, until he makes one last daring attempt to corner her. But May still has a few tricks up her sleeve, tricks that just might prove she’s one tough woman to catch.