His Smoke, Her Roses
by Chandra Jayne
Film noir "His Smoke, Her Roses" by Chandra Jayne. A girl's coming-of-age thriller set in 1930s. Kansas City in the Thirties seemed wholesome as the town of Mayberry but was impervious as Gotham City. Haven to bootleggers and farmers, the city promised everything but freedom to a young woman Carthage who flees her violent family on the coat tails of a gangster with a crying disorder. Love? Maybe.