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In the summer of 2008, Chicago’s Hyde Park Senator is running for the White House, the city is vying for the 2016 Summer Olympics and fentanyl-laced heroin has killed more than 250 people, including a relative of the Mayor. Poison Girls is a literary thriller that steals from real events to explain how drugs, privilege and politics collide in Chicago during that fateful summer. Natalie Delaney is a thirty-three-year-old crime reporter at the Chicago Times—a paper on the brink of bankruptcy—reporting on how the poisonous heroin seems to be targeting white teenage and suburban girls.
Blinded by ambition, Natalie subjects herself to incredible danger to find the poisoned heroin dealer. Along her search, she meets Anna, a young girl dabbling in heroin, who looks eerily like Natalie with red hair, freckles, and green eyes. Natalie tries to save Anna, but what she discovers is a network of politically connected kids and an esoteric system of underground politics that turns on her. Set largely in Hyde Park and other city neighborhoods, Poison Girls recreates the city, its enigmatic politics, and its famous citizens with authentic rawness and novelty.
Author photo by Julia Nash
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