On Sale: April 2, 2009
Featuring: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle; Dashiell Hammett
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Mystery Hard Boiled | Mystery Historical
From the critically acclaimed, award-nominated author
comes a new noir crime classic about one of the most
notorious trials in American history.
called Ace Atkinsâ€™s Wicked City â€śgripping, superbâ€ť
(Library Journal), â€śstunningâ€ť (The Tampa
Tribune), â€śterrificâ€ť (Associated Press), â€śrivetingâ€ť
(Kirkus Reviews), â€świcked goodâ€ť (Fort Worth
Star-Telegram), and â€śAtkinsâ€™ best novelâ€ť (The
Washington Post). But Devilâ€™s Garden is something
San Francisco, September 1921:
Silent-screen comedy star Roscoe â€śFattyâ€ť 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
herâ€”crushing her under his weightâ€”and brings him up on
manslaughter charges. William Randolph Hearstâ€™s newspapers
stir up the public and demand a guilty verdict. But what
really happened? Why do so many people at the party seem to
have stories that conflict? Why is the prosecution hiding
witnesses? Why are there body parts missing from the
autopsied corpse? Why is Hearst so determined to see Fatty
In desperation, Arbuckleâ€™s
defense team hires a Pinkerton agent to do an investigation
of his own and, they hope, discover the truth. The agentâ€™s
name is Dashiell Hammett, and heâ€™s the bookâ€™s narrator. What
he discovers will change American legal historyâ€”and his own
â€śThe historical accuracy isnâ€™t what
elevates Atkinsâ€™ prose to greatness,â€ť said The Tampa
Tribune. â€śItâ€™s his ability to let these characters
breathe in a way that few authors could ever imagine. He
doesnâ€™t so much write them as unleash them upon the page.â€ť
You will not soon forget the extraordinary characters and
events in Devilâ€™s Garden.
1 comment posted.
Re: Devil's Garden
After reading the excerpt, I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks.
(Lorraine Larose 7:53pm April 7, 2009)
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