Explore San Francisco’s Underworld in Graphic Novel Thriller

by Daniel Cooney


Frankie Broadstreet, a gin-soaked grifter leads a pack of bawdy burlesque girls to avenge the murder of their friend in the jazz era of the roaring 20’s. Inspired by a true story of San Francisco’s dark underworld, a group of Prohibition-era burlesque dancers pursue their friend’s murder by posing as masked bandits and knocking over the Mob’s speakeasies. The Tommy Gun Dolls is a sordid tale told in the classic Noir tradition, with roots in San Francisco’s historic Nob Hill Mansions of society’s elite class to the seedy gang-filled streets of Chinatown, through the Tenderloin and neighboring North Beach.


According to author and illustrator Daniel Cooney, “Flappers in the liberal Roaring Twenties flaunted their disdain for what was considered “acceptable” behavior that redefined women’s roles at a time when social, and political turbulence following the end of World War I. The rebellious attitude toward traditional Victorian roles for women was the driving force defining the characters in my story. I don't want to reveal too much about it, but in the spirit of noir, there are surprises and twists throughout this highly volatile tale of masked maidens, murder, mayhem and bathtub gin. There's an emphasis on smart and strong female lead characters, then this book is for you.” 

Taking visual inspiration from illustrators such as Russell Patterson, Ethel Hays and Faith Burrows, who popularized the look and lifestyle of the 1920’s flapper, and the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dashiell Hammett, Cooney crafts a tale of mystery and suspense at The Frisky Devil speakeasy.

About the Author

Daniel is a passionate Social Studies middle school teacher and illustrator currently working on his follow up to the 1920s crime story, The Tommy Gun Dolls graphic novel--due out later this year, Double-Cross on Maiden Lane.

Cooney received his BFA in Illustration/Cartooning from The School of Visual Arts in 1998 and currently finishing his Masters in Education from Fitchburg State University. Author for WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING THE GRAPHIC NOVEL and THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FIGURE DRAWING FOR COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS by BARRON'S educational books. Cooney, a California native, now resides in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

112 Pages b/w Hardcover