Dolly Fine called it: “There’s only one mob in San Francisco—the police.” Bordello Politique is a historic crime novel based on the true story of San Francisco’s most notorious madam, a clever and dangerous woman trapped in the police graft scandal of 1937. More
Bordello Politique is the story of San Francisco’s most notorious madam, Dolly Fine, who found herself trapped in the great police corruption scandal of 1937.
When Dolly’s elegant brothels are raided without warning, she is outraged. Her houses are raided, her girls are jailed, her money is stolen, and she’s dragged before a grand jury to testify against the cops she’s been bribing for years. As if that isn’t bad enough, she loses her immunity when her bail bondsman/crime boss buddy is named the “fountainhead of corruption” in an expensive, incendiary civil investigation called the Atherton Report. The good citizens of San Francisco command the mayor and the police commission to crack down on gambling, good-time girls and crooked cops, and Dolly is left high and dry. She tries to save herself but can’t count on anyone—can the city really come clean? Bordello Politique is a true crime story from a city searching for its center between the Great Depression and the World’s Fair.
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There is only one mob in San Francisco. The Police. - Dolly Fine. An historic novel based on the true story of Dolly Fine, San Francisco's most notorious madam, trapped in the police graft and corruption scandal of 1937.