Devil's Garden (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
29 Reviews
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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User Review  - Lynda Collins - Goodreads

An interesting story revolving around the murder trial of Fatty Arbuckle and the roaring days of early Hollywoodland. A little dry in spots, but well written and interesting. I found when I was done ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenni - Goodreads

I liked the setting and I liked most of the characters and I liked the mystery and development of the story. I liked the slang, but I found the ending to be weak, and a lot of loose ends. I guess life ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Ace Atkins is the author of White Shadow, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, and four Nick Travers novels. He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.

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