1906: A Novel

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Chronicle Books, Apr 8, 2004 - Fiction - 364 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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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

I didn't not like the story. It just didn't hold my attention. After a couple hours of the audio book, I couldn't tell you much about anything. The characters and plot totally allude me. I think I'll just wait until the movie comes out on this one. Read full review

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User Review  - ladycato - LibraryThing

I read this as part of my continued research on the Great San Francisco Earthquake. I've read a great deal of nonfiction, but I wanted a level of detail that can only be found in fiction. I found this ... Read full review

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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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