My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sin City by Jennifer Samson is a book full of shady characters pulling some shady shenanigans on one another.
The story takes place in Las Vegas in an older part of the Strip. The protagonists are Ruby Gordon, an insecure farm girl from Texas, and Tim Kelly, a gang leader with a grudge against the Chicago mob. Ruby meets Tim through working at her half-brother Rett's underground bar and hotel, and quickly becomes smitten with him for his aloofness and begins helping him with his schemes to get closer to him.
Their relationship was a very unhealthy one, with little basis beyond physical attraction and hard home lives, and becomes dangerous for Ruby when Bobby Tafani, a gangster associated with the Mob begins to antagonize Tim in any way he can.
I was uncomfortable with the sexist mindset of various male characters, even loveable ones like Rett and Bill, Tim's happy-go-lucky best friend; however, it kept true to the setting and was somewhat combatted with enjoyable and strong female characters such as Darla, a showgirl with dreams of going to Hollywood, and Diane, Tim's kid sister. The plot and interpersonal dealings between the characters are rarely nice, but always interesting.
It's a good read if you like crime novels, rogue-type characters or romance novel.
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