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Jimmy and Fay
by Michael Mayo
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Mysterious Press, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Jimmy and Fay by Michael Mayo takes readers back to the 1930s and the speakeasy and movie world at that point in history. I was born in 1932 and remember a lot of the happenings depicted in this engrossing novel. Also, a great many of the names mentioned are a part of my childhood. Ah, the memories!

In March of 1933, Fay Wray is premiering in King Kong at Radio City Music Hall. She has come to Jimmy Quinn's illegal speakeasy to see if he can help her with a big problem. Jimmy is one tough guy, even though he walks with a limp and a cane. Wray has been shown a book containing scurrilous pictures of what she is told is herself in scanty clothing and extremely embarrassing positions. Blackmailers want $6,000 to keep these photos out of the hands of the media.

Jimmy enters the fray in Wray's behalf with $600 to go to him when all is said and done. With the help of various people, he prowls the streets of New York City looking for answers as to the identity of the blackmailers. Mayo's research of the 'golden age of the thirties tinsel biz' is right on. Jimmy runs into people in the higher reaches of society as well as the downtrodden who live on handouts.

Jimmy and Fay, as I have said, presents us with an intriguing plot full of the City as well as a look into life in the 30s when a nickel would buy you a newspaper or be given as a tip for services rendered! Chinatown is toured. Conditions at that time for the homeless and indigent make me so glad my family lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia. We never met the inhabitants of Jimmy and Fay's story, for which I am thankful. But I'm sure glad I can read about those days.

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