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The Purple Menace and the Tobacco Prince

Wade Beauchamp

The Purple Menace and the Tobacco Prince is a historical fiction novel inspired by the whirlwind romance between Winston-Salem tobacco heir Z. Smith Reynolds and sultry Broadway torch singer Libby Holman. Set against a backdrop of Jazz Age opulence and Prohibition-era decadence, the cigarette millionaire pursues his obsession across the globe by airplane, yacht, and automobile, competing for the glamourous singer's affections with a free-spirited heiress. The three become entangled in a web of lust and envy, ultimately ending in tragedy, scandal, and a mystery that remains unsolved to this day.

Wright Williams has it all. Heir to the Taxi cigarette fortune, the young playboy's life is a whirligig of speed, Ziegfeld Girls, and bathtub gin. Then, he sees Broadway's sultriest torch singer, Bizzy Holt, and realizes he has nothing at all. Obsessed, Wright finds himself competing for Bizzy's affections with Allard Chemical heiress Lucy Conrad. Impervious to Prohibition and the Great Depression, the millionaire daredevil pursues the libertine chanteuse around the globe by yacht, automobile, and seaplane. From neon-lit Paris nightclubs to smoky Manhattan speakeasies to Macao opium dens, we ride shotgun with Wright on an ever-steeper spiral into paranoia, fetish, and jealousy.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Gold Dust Publishing, LLC
  • Publish Date: Mar 1st, 2024
  • Pages: 328
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 0.88in - 1.21lb
  • EAN: 9798989994205
  • Categories: Historical - GeneralLGBTQ+ - Lesbian

About the Author

Beauchamp, Wade: - Wade Beauchamp is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Over 30 of his short stories have been published in various journals and anthologies by such editors as Ryan North, Violet Blue, Lori Perkins, and Cecilia Tan. His work has twice been selected for inclusion in Susie Bright's Best American Erotica series (2005 and 2007). It Rhymes With Luck, a collection of his most popular shorts, was published in 2010. His debut novel, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, was a 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards Finalist. Follow the author at and
Picknett, Lynn: - Lynn is co-author of several non-fiction books, including The Templar Revelation (1997) with Clive Prince, which inspired The Da Vinci Code. They were given cameo roles in the movie. Lynn is also a writer, editor, and regular contributor to TV series such asForbidden History, History's Greatest Spies and The UnXplained with William Shatner. She is a freelance editor for Gold Dust Publishing.Lynn lives in south London, England. For her full life story, see
Praise for this book

"Beauchamp's writing is superlative. He's clearly not only in love with words, but he is a master of using them to great effect. There is a curiously mesmerizing quality to the narrative. Brilliantly lyrical." Lynn Picknett - Co-author of The Templar Revelation