Devil's Garden (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
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San Francisco, September 1921: Silent-screen comedy star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is throwing a wild party in his suite at the St. Francis Hotel-girls, jazz, bootleg hooch...and a dead actress named Virginia Rappe.

The D.A. says it was Arbuckle who killed her- crushed her under his weight-and brings him up on manslaughter charges. William Randolph Hearst's newspapers stir up the public and demand a guilty verdict.

In desperation, Arbuckle's defense team hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective agency to investigate and, they hope, discover the truth. The agent's name is Dashiell Hammett... and what he discovers will change American legal history-and his own life- forever
  

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Some early Ace Atkins from the used book store bargain bin. What could be wrong with that? In this historical fiction mystery, Pinkerton agent Sam (Dashiell) Hammett is investigating rape charges ... Read full review

Review: Devil's Garden

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Some early Ace Atkins from the used book store bargain bin. What could be wrong with that? In this historical fiction mystery, Pinkerton agent Sam (Dashiell) Hammett is investigating rape charges ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Ace Atkins, a former journalist, has written eight previous novels. He began his writing career in 1998, at age twenty-eight, when the first of four Nick Travers novels was published. In 2001, he earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his investigation into a 1950s murder. That murder inspired his 2006 novel White Shadow, which was followed by three further history-based crime novels, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, and Infamous. Atkins lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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