Sunset Towers

Sunset Towers is where the story takes place. Sunset Towers faced east and had no towers. This glittery, glassy apartment house stood alone on the Lake Michigan shore five stories high. Barney Northrup sent 6 letters to the chosen tenants-to-be via a 62-year-old delivery boy (Otis Amber) that read:

Dear Lucky One:

Here it is—the apartment you’ve always dreamed of, at a rent you can afford, in the newest, most luxurious building on Lake Michigan:


  • Picture windows in every room
  • Uniformed doorman, maid service
  • Central air conditioning, hi-speed elevator
  • Exclusive neighborhood, near excellent schools
  • Etc., etc.

You have to see it to believe it. But these unbelievably elegant apartments will be shown by appointment only. So hurry, there are only a few left!!! Call me now at 276-7474 for this once-in-a-lifetime offer.

Your servant,

Barney Northrup

P. S. I am also renting ideal space for:

Doctor’s office in lobby

Coffee shop with entrance from parking lot

Hi-class restaurant on entire top floor

Some descriptions of Sunset Towers:

- One-way glass

- Crystal chandeliers

- Three-inch thick carpeting

- A breathtaking lake view (for the front apartments)

The tenants were sold to:

Office ♦ Dr. Wexler

Lobby ♦ Theodorakis Coffee Shop

2C ♦ Flora Baumbach

2D ♦ Theodorakis

3C ♦ Sydelle Pulaski

3D ♦ Wexler

4C ♦ Hoo

4D ♦ Josie-Jo "J. J." Ford

5 ♦ Shin Hoo’s Restaurant

The book states:

Who were these people, these specially selected tenants? They were mothers and fathers and children. A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake. Barney Northrup had rented one of the apartments to the wrong person.