1906: A Novel

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Chronicle Books, Apr 8, 2004 - Fiction - 361 pages
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Every disaster has a backstory, none more thrilling than this one. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning tale of political corruption, vendettas, romance, rescue—and murder—is based on recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Told by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Victorian-era city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle—fought even as the city burns—that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. With the appeal and texture of The Alienist, Carter Beats the Devil, and the novels of E. L. Doctrow, James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic. Movie rights to the novel have been bought by Barry Levinson/SpringCreek Productions/Warner Brothers. The movie will enter pre-production soon.
 

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY APRIL 151906530 am
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TELEGRAPH HILL APRIL 151906545 am
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UNION STREET APRIL 151906600 am
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SOUTH OF MARKET STREET APRIL 151906620 am
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HALL OF JUSTICE APRIL 151906 930 AM
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NOB HILL APRIL 1519061100 am
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NORTH BEACH APRIL 1519061240 pm
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UNION SQUARE APRIL 151906615 pm
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HALL OF JUSTICE APRIL 1719061120 AM
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NOB HILL APRIL 171906150 pm
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GRAND OPERA HOUSE APRIL 17 1906 200 PM
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PALACE HOTEL APRIL 171906330 PM
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UNION SQUARE APRIL 171906450 PM
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PALACE HOTEL APRIL 171906600 PM
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PALACE HOTEL APRIL 171906640 pm
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GRAND OPERA HOUSE APRIL 171906730 PM
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BELVEDERE ISLAND APRIL 151906725 pm
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THE TENDERLOIN APRIL 151906740 pm
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BUSH STREET APRIL 151906810 pm
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BARBARY COAST APRIL 151906 940 PM
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BUSH STREET APRIL 1519061000 PM
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THE VOICE OF GOD
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BUSH STREET APRIL 1619061205 am
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HIGH SIERRA APRIL 1619061225 AM
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LAWRENCE KANSAS APRIL 161906520 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO BAY APRIL 161906545 AM
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BUSH STREET APRIL 161906700 am
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PACIFIC HEIGHTS APRIL 161906800 am
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MISSION WHARF APRIL 161906905 AM
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HALL OF JUSTICE APRIL 1619061025 AM
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MARKET STREET APRIL 161906 NOON
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TELEGRAPH HILL APRIL 161906150 PM
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BARBARY COAST APRIL 161906225 PM
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LAKE TAHOE NEVADA APRIL 161906510 PM
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UNION SQUARE APRIL 161906700 PM
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CHINATOWN APRIL 161906710 PM
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GRAND OPERA HOUSE APRIL 161906810 PM
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PORTSMOUTH SQUARE APRIL 161906915 PM
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GRAND OPERA HOUSE APRIL 1619061050 PM
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TELEGRAPH HILL APRIL 171906630 AM
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MISSION DOLORES APRIL 171906900 AM
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BARBARY COAST APRIL 1719061100 am
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WESTERN ADDITION APRIL 171906740 PM
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GRAND OPERA HOUSE APRIL 171906805 PM
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GRAND OPERA HOUSE APRIL 171906950 PM
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GRAND OPERA HOUSE APRIL 1719061155 PM
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NOB HILL APRIL 18 1906 1220 AM
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APRIL 181906500 AM
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THE RIP
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST APRIL 181906513 AM
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BUSH STREET APRIL 181906518 AM
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NOB HILL APRIL 181906 715 am
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MARKET STREET APRIL 181906800 AM
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NORTH BEACH APRIL 181906920 AM
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BUSH STREET APRIL 1819061015 AM
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UNION FERRY BUILDING APRIL 1819061130 AM
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HALL OF JUSTICE APRIL 1819061211 PM
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UNION SQUARE APRIL 1819061218 pm
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SOUTH OF MARKET APRIL 181906242 PM
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VAN NESS AVENUE APRIL 181906400 PM
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KEARNY STREET APRIL 181906715 PM
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Chapter 60
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GOLDEN GATE PARK APRIL 191906644 am
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NOB HILL APRIL 191906933 am
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THE EMBARCADERO APRIL 191906110 PM
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TELEGRAPH HILL APRIL 211906 SUNRISE
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TELEGRAPH HILL MAY 301906 800 AM
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James Dalessandro is a San Francisco-based screenwriter and author of several books, including mystery and true crime novels.

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