Whispering Wires, by Inkwater Author Philip Metcalfe, is Used by Ken Burns in his Documentary About Prohibition

Whispering Wires, by Inkwater Author Philip Metcalfe, is Used by Ken Burns in his Documentary About Prohibition

Philip Metcalfe’s book, Whispering Wires: The Tragic Tale of an American Bootlegger, tells the story of Roy Olmstead, one of the principal bootleggers in Prohibition-era Seattle, and the first major federal court case concerning the use of wiretaps. This historical narrative follows the city officials, Prohibition agents, and rumrunners who chased, evaded, and double-crossed each…