Historical Fiction: Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge
by Charm Baker
Historical Fiction: Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge (Based on a true story) Kindle Edition.
Suddenly, fear gripped April around the throat and put her in a chokehold. She couldn’t breathe. She couldn’t move. All she could do was think, and even that was hard to do. Who was that man? Why was he chasing her? What the hell had she gotten herself into?
April Mae March wanted nothing better than to learn the truth about a sixty-two-year-old Las Vegas mystery. She planned on writing a novel about it. The suspicious closing of the Moulin Rouge casino had intrigued her for a long time. Every piece of the puzzle that April discovered had a fascinating element of danger. Mob bosses, corrupt politicians, sleazy business owners; Nevada’s first racially integrated casino in 1955 had a lot of roadblocks to deal with. And all the opposition had something to gain when the casino conveniently closed.
When April takes a trip to Las Vegas for more research on the book, unexplainable events seem to suddenly occur. While nothing is as it appears to be, April’s fears continue to grow. It doesn’t help matters any when she catches two strange man staring at her, after going through some archives in the library. Could searching for the truth about such a controversial story actually be putting her in danger?
Just when she convinces herself that she’s being ridiculous,the men begin to follow her and one is close on her trail. April flees out of panic and finds a safe place to hide; and that’s when things really start to get interesting…
In a combination Wizard of Oz / Back to the Future type scenario, April is taken back in time and goes on a journey to the iconic Moulin Rouge. To her sheer delight, she gets a chance to experience all the exciting sights and sounds that she’s read about for so many years, but not before some close calls that almost land her in hot water. Will she discover the truth on her unconventional journey, or return with even more questions that aren’t answered?
This mixture of fact and fantasy provides a birds-eye-view into some of the exciting features that the Moulin Rouge was known for, including their all-black lineup of showgirls and the prominent entertainers that their “Breakfast Show” attracted.
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