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Laurel-Ann Dooley is an author and journalist. She has written for numerous publications, and her books cover a range of genres, from history to juvenile fiction.

Her most recent book, Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History, was released in June 2014.






Atlanta is the only American city to have been destroyed by fire as an act of war, and it has its share of audacious stories. Wealthy felons hosted elaborate parties inside the federal penitentiary. Billionaire bootleggers practiced corruption that reached all the way to the White House, and murderous rich boys embarked on crime sprees just for the fun of it. Fast and fearless drivers, complete with glamorous reputations and criminal careers, gave rise to auto racing.

Wicked Atlanta takes you on a journey through the underworld of Atlanta’s past filled with kidnapping, bribery, wives hiring hit men and all sorts of other criminal debauchery.


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