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The action is hot in Kansas City during the 1960s. Gordon Reynolds happens to be a vicious criminal who has served prison time in five different states over a period of twenty-five years. Gordon is determined to muscle his way into major rackets such as prostitution, bootlegging whiskey, robbery, hijacking and contraband cigarettes. He eventually meets up with Alla Mae Bri The action is hot in Kansas City during the 1960s. Gordon Reynolds happens to be a vicious criminal who has served prison time in five different states over a period of twenty-five years. Gordon is determined to muscle his way into major rackets such as prostitution, bootlegging whiskey, robbery, hijacking and contraband cigarettes. He eventually meets up with Alla Mae Briggs. She knows the prostitution racket very well, since she worked the Kansas City streets for several years. She too has a lengthy rap sheet of twenty-five criminal convictions for the solicitation of prostitution. Gordon needs someone to help him operate his main bawdy house. Alla Mae is the perfect recruit to help him forge stronger relations between his hookers and their customers. The collaboration of their experiences on the streets proves highly profitable. But unforeseen danger causes things to come crashing down all around them. Racist cops, ruthless gangsters, a white supremacist group, jealous pimps and rival hookers are the opposing forces that this interracial couple are destined to face. Crossing the racial line puts them at incredible odds with the law and fellow criminals alike. Based on the true story of how a white man and a black woman fell in love and broke all the rules in order to make their living together illegally.


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The action is hot in Kansas City during the 1960s. Gordon Reynolds happens to be a vicious criminal who has served prison time in five different states over a period of twenty-five years. Gordon is determined to muscle his way into major rackets such as prostitution, bootlegging whiskey, robbery, hijacking and contraband cigarettes. He eventually meets up with Alla Mae Bri The action is hot in Kansas City during the 1960s. Gordon Reynolds happens to be a vicious criminal who has served prison time in five different states over a period of twenty-five years. Gordon is determined to muscle his way into major rackets such as prostitution, bootlegging whiskey, robbery, hijacking and contraband cigarettes. He eventually meets up with Alla Mae Briggs. She knows the prostitution racket very well, since she worked the Kansas City streets for several years. She too has a lengthy rap sheet of twenty-five criminal convictions for the solicitation of prostitution. Gordon needs someone to help him operate his main bawdy house. Alla Mae is the perfect recruit to help him forge stronger relations between his hookers and their customers. The collaboration of their experiences on the streets proves highly profitable. But unforeseen danger causes things to come crashing down all around them. Racist cops, ruthless gangsters, a white supremacist group, jealous pimps and rival hookers are the opposing forces that this interracial couple are destined to face. Crossing the racial line puts them at incredible odds with the law and fellow criminals alike. Based on the true story of how a white man and a black woman fell in love and broke all the rules in order to make their living together illegally.

46 review for Two Shades of Vice: Based on the true story of an interracial couple's life together in crime

  1. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    This book is not exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up in the "true crime" section. I should have paid more attention to the smaller print "Based on the true story" which is not at all the same as a factual account. Personally I like my facts separate from my fiction. Are these names real? Did all of these people even exist? I don't know. I do know that this reads like a novel, not a true crime, and any facts seem to be heavily embellished. As far as the story itself, the 60s were alrea This book is not exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up in the "true crime" section. I should have paid more attention to the smaller print "Based on the true story" which is not at all the same as a factual account. Personally I like my facts separate from my fiction. Are these names real? Did all of these people even exist? I don't know. I do know that this reads like a novel, not a true crime, and any facts seem to be heavily embellished. As far as the story itself, the 60s were already a tumultuous time to be a part of an interracial couple. Even more so when you are a mom and want to muscle in on other criminals territory. It was fast paced, with lots of sex and violence. The ending was strangely abrupt. which left me wondering if there will be more to follow, and what the future held for Alla Mae's children. I received a complimentary copy for review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    3.5 Stars. A kind of quirky yet readable true crime book about an interracial couple who seem to work rather well together in early 60's crime in Kansas City crime together. Alla Mae had been working the streets as an independent hooker when Gordon Reynolds offers her a job managing one of his two bawdy houses. She finds herself falling for him and being suited for the work, dangerous though it is. Liked the book, despite the violence, racism of the times, and too abrupt ending. (Thanks to NetGal 3.5 Stars. A kind of quirky yet readable true crime book about an interracial couple who seem to work rather well together in early 60's crime in Kansas City crime together. Alla Mae had been working the streets as an independent hooker when Gordon Reynolds offers her a job managing one of his two bawdy houses. She finds herself falling for him and being suited for the work, dangerous though it is. Liked the book, despite the violence, racism of the times, and too abrupt ending. (Thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the author for providing me with an ARC for review)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz P

    Just Interesting Enough... I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. The fact that it is based off of a true story gave me so much hope for this book. The writing is overly trashy at times and includes unnecessary anecdotes. Yes, I get that the story is based on a prostitute and the owner of a bawdy house. However, I got the impression that the writer didn't have much to say so they went with 'trashy novel' to keep people reading. I do like that copies of real photographs and police reports w Just Interesting Enough... I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. The fact that it is based off of a true story gave me so much hope for this book. The writing is overly trashy at times and includes unnecessary anecdotes. Yes, I get that the story is based on a prostitute and the owner of a bawdy house. However, I got the impression that the writer didn't have much to say so they went with 'trashy novel' to keep people reading. I do like that copies of real photographs and police reports were included. That's always interesting to look at. The ending of the story was ridiculously short. It left loose ends that are just unforgivable. I'm sorry but I really cannot recommend this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Excellent read This shows what our country was like, a long time ago. This couple loved each other, and stayed together. They could have been killed for it. The ending, leaves me wanting more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    It's the 1960s and Allie Mae Briggs has worked the Kansas City streets as a prostitute for awhile now. She meets up with Gordon Reynolds, who has spent a considerable amount of time in prison. Gordon enlists Allie Mae's help in running a brothel and soon the money is pouring in. But not everyone is happy at the duo's success including the local police, mobsters, rival pimps, and white supremacists hating the fact that Gordon, a white man, is romantically involved with Allie Mae, an African-Ameri It's the 1960s and Allie Mae Briggs has worked the Kansas City streets as a prostitute for awhile now. She meets up with Gordon Reynolds, who has spent a considerable amount of time in prison. Gordon enlists Allie Mae's help in running a brothel and soon the money is pouring in. But not everyone is happy at the duo's success including the local police, mobsters, rival pimps, and white supremacists hating the fact that Gordon, a white man, is romantically involved with Allie Mae, an African-American woman. Will Gordon and Allie beat the odds and maintain their successful business venture and stay in love, or will their world come crashing down? This is a story based on true life of the author's parents, Allie Mae Briggs and Gordon Reynolds. This is a tough book to rate because it's part nonfiction and part fiction as it's obvious many of the conversations and events involving other people could not be verified. So maybe it could be classed as historical fiction? I'm not sure. I think I would have preferred if this book was more of a straight biography of Allie Mae Briggs as I found her to be fascinating. The details about her life as a prostitute were interesting as was what both she and Gordon faced due to being an interracial couple back in the 1960s. It's not the most well-written book but you do become interested enough in Allie Mae to want to continue reading. I won this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    christine day

  7. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Diaz

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  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m not going to give this book a stars review but I will say, the graphic violence and details were too much for me. No thank you. Could have been spared knowing rats ate through a man’s body exposing his organs. I received this book for free during a Goodreads giveaway. I’m thankful for that, but cannot stomach finishing the story.

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    Clipinchick

    I received this book for free from the author/publisher in response for an honest review of the book. I have not had the opportunity to read this book at this time. I will add my review of this book once I have read the book. Thank k you for allowing me the optometrist review your work. I look forward to reading this book.

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