The G-String Murders

The G-String Murders


Gypsy Rose Lee
A witty whodunit amongst the burlesque demimonde.

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Publication Date: 06-15-2005

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Afterword by Rachel Shteir

A mystery set in the underworld of burlesque theater, The G-String Murders was penned in 1941 by the legendary queen of the stripteasers—the witty and wisecracking Gypsy Rose Lee. Narrating a twisted tale of a backstage double murder, Lee provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of burlesque, richly populated by the likes of strippers Lolita LaVerne and Gee Gee Graham, comic Biff Brannigan, and Siggy the g-string salesman. This is a world where women struggle to earn a living performing bumps and grinds, have gangster boyfriends, sip beer between acts and pay their own way at dinner.

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"Burlesque is the background . . . [and] the background is perfect. Recommended for the readers who feel better when their eyebrows are raised." The New Yorker

"[Lee's] novel is a rich and lusty job, brimming over with infectious vitality and a hilarious jargon of her own." Life

"A lurid, witty and highly competent detective story . . . Rich show business vocabulary and stage door gags make her book almost a social document. . . . The G-String Murders build up to a hair-raising climax." Time