|1929 AN UPPER CLASS AFFAIR
The American Girl "To Count Nasogrande and much of the European
aristocracy, she was that
American girl. Her friends called her Josie and BB, both abbreviations from
Josephine Baxter-Browne. She was baptized Josephine Clarissa Baxter-Browne, a
string of names her mother used whenever she fell short of family expectations,
an all too frequent experience."
Josie is a sexy, sophisticated,
stunning young woman with social graces, tomboy tendencies and an acerbic wit
that can outmatch any man's. She is the embodiment of the coming of age in the
roaring twenties. She has a sultry voice, pale skin and the most soulful dark
eyes. Although tall and thin, there are those who snidely remark 1929's "It" girl is more striking than beautiful. Through the life of celebutante
Josephine Baxter-Browne, the dazzling Jazz Age comes alive.
The Bar Man – Charles Blakesley "The barman's eyes twinkled with delight as he
nodded his head knowingly at Josie. She was sure he was laughing at her. She
was furious. As he flashed a smile at her and his sparkling eyes winked in
recognition, Josie wanted to kill him."
"There are few people in
the world that possess a certain energy level that make them attractive to all
who come in contact with them. His eyes sparkle with that kind of energy that is as magnetic as his smile. They are
powerful weapons that can convince just about anyone to do just about anything
for him." But the lithe, blue-eyed, blonde haired Charles Blakesley is an
egalitarian. "The adventure-seeker sympathizes with the little guy, be he the
underdog, red, black, yellow, even women."
James Ellison DeVere – "There was something about the James that was
different. She couldnÍt help taking note. He put her on edge. The dark haired
playboy certainly was one of the best-looking, most masculine men she had ever met. As she lay awake unable to
sleep that night, Josie realized that although he was not a nice person, she
Geraldine Ashley, 'Geri', Avant-garde artist The
savant daughter of an English Lord and an American blue blood, the
auburn-haired Geraldine is very much accepted in society despite the fact that
she has a voracious sexual appetite, lesbian tendencies and a caustic sense of
humor. As Josie's best friend, she provides comfort and a wicked sense of
humor. "At almost six feet tall
and nearly two hundred pounds, Geraldine has a very high tolerance for both
alcohol and men."
Vinnie Graves – "They call me Graves because I like to bury
people." Pock-marked, underworld thug from the outer boroughs who derives
pleasure out of murder and does the dirty jobs Arnold Rothstein's boys won't
even touch. He's dirty, smells and doesn't bathe often although he wears a
gardenia in his jacket pocket, a touch he picks up from James' set. His
flowers come from the fresh graves of the recently deceased. Vinnie Graves
heists them regularly.
Bentley – James' impeccable silver-haired houseman. The
dignified servant copes with his master through his very English humor.
Evangeline Adams, the Seer of Wall Street Underneath the bespeckled, severe librarian front
is a wildly passionate woman with a keen understanding of human nature and the
world of finance.
Alex Carleton – A wild red head that exudes sexuality Ð "Heads turned as Alex Carleton strutted down the
street . . . Alex loved sex. She rarely became attached. She hated weak people,
especially men. Cool and calculating, she lives to satisfy her own pleasures."
Izzy Einstein and Moe
Smith, 'Izzy and Moe', cross dressing prohibition agents "Izzy and Moe were the best dry agents in New
York City and arguably in the nation. They busted more joints than any other
team combined and did so with panache, earning notoriety and respect from all
Izzy and Moe look act very
much like a middle-aged married couple. "Helen's headman gave the pair a long
look before seating them. He thought they were one of the homeliest couples he'd
ever seen. Mo was dressed like many of thee rag merchants. His suit was cheap
and didn't fit well. Once glance at Izzy was more than the headman wanted. He
couldn't imagine that Izzy ever looked attractive, even on her wedding day."
Henry Jay, Josie's Godfather, philanthropist who hosts the most decadent
parties Through his decadent
lifestyle, the old codger represents all that was excessive and yet good in the
"From the smoke, Henry Jay
emerged. A large Havana cigar dangled from his mouth. He took it out
momentarily in order to bow deeply. Henry had just arrived late to his own
party. As always, the impressive man with broad shoulders was dressed
impeccably. He donned a black silk top hat and tails. Even at seventy-eight,
Henry kept himself busy and was in tune with the times."
Mrs. Whitney Straight, grand dame of New York Society Social arbiter who was one of the first
suffragettes and first in her circle to embrace the super short Eton crop. She
secretly plays the market and encourages her young charges to do the same.