Affairs of the heart are a wonderful thing. Of course, that is if you want to call all the unreturned affection from the one you love, because they love someone else wonderful. At that point, Affairs of the Heart become more like, ‘Affairs of the Hurt.’ And our trio of Grace Gun, Tommy ‘Bam Bam’ Prue and Irving Holt are about to find that the woman they’ve been seeking – Trixie, or if you want to use the name her mother calls her – Beatrice, may have more men seeking her affection than Clara Bow at a red carpet gala. Let’s hope that they’re all ready for the attention and spotlights…
Just because a law says you can’t do something, doesn’t mean everyone is gonna obey. A quick glace at all the underground speakeasys here in Chicago will show that real quick. People want to get together with a little social lubrication, or truth serum, or if you want to use the technical term – alcohol and unwind. Of course, then they drink to much, get wound up and do things which makes laws like prohibition come around. Sun goes up, sun goes down.
And right now, the sun is down and our trio is headed to a Speakeasy known as the Bellyache. Apparently the dearly departed Leo Helzberg and his side gal, Trixie went there a lot. Speaking of Trixie, the gang is trying to find her before she ends up like Leo.
Telephones are funny things. It’s the only device where you get all the benefits of your personal voice, without having to look the other palook in the eye. If facy, you could be miles away. Especially when it comes to bad news. And both Grace Gunn and Irving Holt are gonna have to deliver some tough news over the phone, now that they’ve left the bloody and frightening scene at the Blackstone. They’ve found Leo Helzberg, or what’s left of him – and now it’s time to make the call. At least they won’t have to look anyone in the face.
And what about Tommy ‘Bam Bam’ Prue? Well, sometimes it pays to have more brawn than brains between your ears.
The Great Depression is hitting most folks harder than right hook from Louis, and more often than not, leaving them three times as dizzy. It’s not an easy thing when your a hard working man or woman to set your pride aside and ask the nearest Joe or Jane for a helping hand. So when you can get a few dollars you want to keep them. And when you get a hot meal you want to keep it square in your gut. And with what Grace Gunn, Tommy “Bam Bam” Prue and Irving Holt are about to find in this hotel room, they might be taking a second look at their breakfast.
Like a dog sniffing around the butcher’s for some scraps, Grace Gunn, Tommy “Bam Bam” Prue are Irving Holt know damn well they’re getting closer to finding out what happened to Leo Helzberg, and possibly even the woman he was seeing on the side. It all comes down to knowing where to go, and fortunately for our trio – they know. They just need to get there to see what scraps might have been left behind. And just like you might suspect, the place they’re headed – just like Leo’s marriage – used to shine like one of the diamond necklaces in his shop. But now, there’s a tarnish to that silver and that diamond may have lost its lustre.
Affairs are messy. They can leave a trail of sin and regret that the strongest bleach or bucket full of lye used a cleaning woman with arms as thick as your legs and a brush more abrasive than a tone deaf nightclub singer will never get out. And Grace Gunn, Tommy “Bam Bam” Prue and Irving Holt are learning more and more about the affair Helzberg’s been having – and with who – and where. The question is, how much mess did these two make, and who’s going to clean it up?
We all love going to parties. But nobody likes cleaning up afterward. Grace Gunn, Tommy “Bam Bam” Prue, Irving Holt and a cabbie who more than earned his fare just got done having a block party with some uninvited guests who were looking to make our heroes the snack tray. And now the question is, are they gonna clean up this party, or beat feet and leave it to the boys in blue. With a case to solve and no answers to questions they don’t want asked, my guess is the latter.
Everybody loves having a good time, but one person’s good time can be another’s nightmare. Take our trio of Grace Gunn, Tommy “Bam Bam” Prue and Irving Holt. Right now, they’re not having a real whoopie time. But to the strange things from the shadows that they’re fighting? I’m betting they think this is a real stompin’ rub. But I’m gonna guess those table might turn before the night is out.
Everybody knows the phrase, ‘the things that go bump in the night.’ And for our trio, there’s going to be more than a few of these things seeking them out ton this cold December night. And because trouble finds them like flies to a fresh cow pie, there’s likely going to be a lot of bumpin’ going on.