Linda May Spencer is a secret keeper.
As a madam, discretion led to success.
As a maven, diligence led to prosperity.
And, as a mother, obscurity led to happiness.
Or did it?
Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a quiet and comfortable city rich with history. Little known are the days when prostitution was a thriving business hidden in storefront saunas and health clubs. For decades, madams and business owners made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling sex. But as the twenty-first century drew near, Saint Paul officials were desperate to shut down the trade and rid its city of the stigma surrounding the sex-for-money industry. Special investigation units were formed, sting operations commenced, and lawsuits were filed.
Caught in the crosshairs of a city determined to stop her, Linda May Spencer fought for twenty years against an institution set on taking her down.
A traumatic birth, a painful childhood, and persistent drug addiction are the foundations on which Linda May Spencer built her life. A promise to provide a better future for her own children fueled a fire within that pushed Linda to the edge of morality, sobriety, and life, time and time again.
But Linda's fall was more than just her crimes. Living a double life, constantly reminded of her pain, Linda turned to drugs to conceal her struggle. Ultimately, Linda had nothing left-no business, no money, and no family. She'd fallen as far as a person could go. Until one day she decided to get up.
Fallen Woman is the true story of Linda May Spencer: madam, maven, mother.
Hadleigh House LLC, 9781735773834, 290pp.
Publication Date: July 20, 2021