Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots

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Viking, 2005 - Fiction - 182 pages
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Oakley Hall’s Ambrose Bierce mystery series has gained an impressive list of devotees, from Richard Ford to Diane Johnson and Amy Tan to Thomas Keneally. The sights, sounds, and smells of 1890s San Francisco surround readers as larger-than-life Ambrose “Bitter” Bierce tracks California’s notorious criminal minds.

The fifth volume in the series, Ambrose Bierceand the Ace of Shootsfollows the outspoken newspaperman as he and his associate Tom Redmond hunt down a celebrity shooter. When Colonel Studely brings his world-famous Wild West Show to town, he gets more than just a warm welcome. As the parade makes its way down Market Street, the colonel is shot dead. With clues and sinister motives—a trail of seduction, a vengeful train robber, a haze of opium— emerging from every direction, Bierce is stymied, but pierces the fog to reveal the true culprit. Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shootsis a rough-and-tumble romp through gritty old San Francisco.

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Review: Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots (Ambrose Bierce #5)

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I wanted to like this book, a Western Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but it just didn't keep me interested. Even the leading lady was hard to like and the story just wasn't enough. Read full review

Review: Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots (Ambrose Bierce #5)

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

Meh. I was kind of ambivalent about this book. I liked the historical aspect, but couldn't get that into the plot. And I had absolutely no sense of the characters at all. In fact, I'm writing this up ... Read full review


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Oakley Hall is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including Warlock, Separations, and the Ambrose Bierce mystery series. Hall is best known for The Downhill Racer, basis for the 1969 Robert Redford film of the same name. Hall was the Director of Programs in Writing at the University of California at Irvine for twenty years. He is also director of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and, in 1998, received a PEN Center USA/West Award for lifetime literary achievement. He lives in San Francisco.

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