Anika Scott is the author of the international bestseller The German Heiress, about a woman confronting her past and her family in postwar Germany.
Her second novel, The Soviet Sisters, pits two sisters against each other in the world of espionage in postwar Berlin and Moscow.
In her newest novel, Sinners of Starlight City, a burlesque dancer and magician at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair plots vengeance against the man who murdered her family in fascist Sicily.
Sinners of Starlight City
By Anika Scott
A best historical fiction pick of summer 2023 by Popsugar and Bookbub!
“A ‘Godfather’-esque tale of revenge set at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, Sinners of Starlight City invites readers into the lives of women determined to make their own lives at any cost.” — Popsugar
“The magnificent Anika Scott has written a lush and beautifully rendered novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Rosa Mancuso is a headliner at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. Her tangled past in Sicily unravels as she seeks revenge for the murder of her family at the hands of Paolo Amanta, a renowned Fascist pilot for Mussolini. Mystery, intrigue, secrets and a vendetta fuel this story, which is ultimately about the meaning of family and the power of love. Brava!” — Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Left Undone
“Expansive and emotive, I couldn’t put this book down. Amid the intrigue, revenge, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Chicago World’s Fair, Anika Scott still manages to make Sinners of Starlight City a deeply intimate story about family with characters that jump off the page. Another notch in Scott’s literary belt!” — Catherine Adel West, author of The Two Lives of Sara and Saving Ruby King
“This novel whisked me away to 1930s Chicago and all the wonders of the World’s Fair. Family secrets, revenge and women who refuse to do what they’re told—an ideal combination.” — Louise Hare, author of This Lonely City and Miss Aldridge Regrets
“Full of Italian mobsters and family strife, this tale of historical fiction and drama will transport readers to the fantasy and glory that was the 1933 World’s Fair.” — Booklist