The G-String Murders

The G-String Murders

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by Gypsy Rose Lee, Rachel Shteir
     
 

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A tale of murderous mayhem from the Queen of Burlesque

A whodunnit set in the demimonde of burlesque theater, The G-String Murders was penned in 1941 by the legendary queen of the strip-teasers—the witty and wise-cracking Gypsy Rose Lee. Narrating a twisted tale of a backstage double murder, Lee provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of burlesque,

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A tale of murderous mayhem from the Queen of Burlesque

A whodunnit set in the demimonde of burlesque theater, The G-String Murders was penned in 1941 by the legendary queen of the strip-teasers—the witty and wise-cracking 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.

The story unfolds in a New York theater modeled on the legendary Minsky’s, prone to raids by corrupt city cops and fierce competition among strippers. When one performer is found strangled with a g-string, no one is above suspicion. But when a second murder follows, the trail – and the action – really heats up. In the police procedural that follows, a host of clueless coppers faces off against the theater’s tough-talking guys and dolls, and it’s clear that Gypsy and her cohorts will have to crack the case themselves.

The basis of the 1943 film Lady of Burlesque starring Barbara Stanwyck, The G-String Murders was the first of two murder mysteries written by Gypsy Rose Lee. A natural born raconteur, Lee also contributed short pieces to The New Yorker and hosted her own television talk show; even her unparalleled stardom in the burlesque world was attributed more to her witty banter than to her risque moves. It is this fabled wit, along with Gypsy’s brassy sociology, that make The G-String Murders a must-read primer of sex, commerce, and urban living.

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558615038
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Series:
Femmes Fatales Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
699,094
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970) was the most acclaimed strip tease artist of her day. She later made 12 films and hosted her own TV show. Her autobiography Gypsy spawned the famed musical and two film versions.

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The G-String Murders 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
STALKAAAAARRRRRR!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats a g sting some one gas explained this to me every time but it does not make sense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wondering
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have finals sorry