Devil's Garden

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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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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

Enter Samuel Dashiell Hammett .. The year is 1921 and Sam, war veteran and current Pinkerton operative is involved in the investigation of Virginia Rappe's death...supposedly by Fatty Arbuckle ( as ... Read full review

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User Review  - maneekuhi - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this very much, far exceeded expectations. The mood was excellent; this story felt like La-SF early 1920's throughout. The story was very interesting and stayed close enough to real events to ... Read full review

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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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