Ambrose Bierce and the One-eyed Jacks

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Viking, 2003 - Fiction - 216 pages
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Ambrose G. ("Almighty God") Bierce, San Francisco's legendary newspaperman and sometime-sleuth, is hardly surprised to be consulted by William Randolph Hearst when the latter's mistress finds herself photographically compromised.

But in the rough 1890s Bay Area streets, Hearst's isn't the only case on the boil. Bierce and his sidekick Tom Redmond follow a trail of murder that leads from a sinister British yachtsman to a photographer of female flesh, via the beauty queen of the Portuguese Pentecostal festival; white slavers; a slave ship and the Chinese girls who have been imported on it; tong hit men; Dionysian revels; and a shocking photography ring. Bierce's unraveling of it all sheds a blinding light on parental guilt and fin-de-siécle morality. The third in Hall's Ambrose Bierce series, this is a must-have for fans of Caleb Carr's The Alienist, E. L. Doctorow's The Waterworks, and all historical adventures.

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User Review  - dougwood57 - LibraryThing

Oakley Hall is better known for more literary works like Warlock, but his series of historical mysteries featuring Ambrose Bierce should not be missed. If you do not know about Ambrose Bierce, then ... Read full review


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Oakley Hall is the author of more than twenty other works of fiction, including Warlock, The Downhill Racers, and Separations. Hall was for twenty years director of writing programs at the University of California, Irvine. He is also director of the Squaw Valley Writing Program and in 1998 received a PEN Center USA West Award of Honor for lifetime literary achievement.

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