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Devil's Gardenby Ace Atkins
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From the critically acclaimed, award-nominated author comes a new noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history.
Critics called Ace Atkin‛s Wicked City“gripping, super” (Library Journal),“stunnin” (The Tampa Tribune),“terrifi” (Associated Press),“rivetin” (Kirkus Reviews),“wicked goo” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and“Atkin‛ best nove” (The Washington Post). But Devi‛s Garden is something else again.
San Francisco, September 1921: Silent-screen comedy star Roscoe“Fatt” 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 Hears‛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 Arbuckle convicted?
In desperation, Arbuckl‛s defense team hires a Pinkerton agent to do an investigation of his own and, they hope, discover the truth. The agen‛s name is Dashiell Hammett, and h‛s the boo‛s narrator. What he discovers will change American legal historyÂ—and his own lifeÂ—forever.
“The historical accuracy is‛t what elevates Atkin‛ prose to greatness” said The Tampa Tribune.“I‛s his ability to let these characters breathe in a way that few authors could ever imagine. He does‛t so much write them as unleash them upon the page” You will not soon forget the extraordinary characters and events in Devi‛s Garden.
"The 1921 rape/manslaughter trial of silent film star Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle provides the gritty backdrop for Atkins's outstanding crime novel, in which Dashiell Hammett, then a Pinkerton operative living in San Francisco, plays a significant role. A wild party Arbuckle throws at San Francisco's posh St. Francis Hotel results in tragedy after an actress, Virginia Rappe, is mysteriously injured and later dies. As the author explains in a 'behind the story' introduction, the future creator of Sam Spade was actually assigned to help the defense on the Arbuckle case. With enviable ease, Atkins (Wicked City) brings to life Hammett, Arbuckle, William Randolph Hearst and other real figures of the period. Those familiar with the historical case will be impressed by how well the book meshes fact and fiction. Genre fans who enjoy the grim realism of James Ellroy's post-WWII Los Angeles will find a lot to like in Atkins's Prohibition-era San Francisco." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The remarkable third novel in the harrowing” (Associated Press), killer” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) new series about the real Deep South from the New York Timesbestselling author.
A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him; but for the victims family, the only thought is revenge.
Another group who doesnt believe him—the men in prison from Dixons last job, an armored car robbery. Theyre sure hes gone back to grab the hidden money, so they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho themselves.
Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know theyve got their work cut out for them. But they dont count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head. Communications are down, the roads are impassable—and the rule of law is just about to snap.
The remarkable third novel in the “harrowing” (Associated Press), “killer” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) new series about the real Deep South from the New York Times–bestselling author.
A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Casey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him; but for the victim’s family, the only thought is revenge.
Another group who doesn’t believe him—the men in prison from Dixon’s last job, an armored car robbery. They’re sure he’s gone back to grab the hidden money, so they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho themselves.
Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they’ve got their work cut out for them. But they don’t count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head. Communications are down, the roads are impassable—and the rule of law is just about to snap.
About the Author
Ace Atkins earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2001 for his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s that became the basis for his novel White Shadow. His next novel, Wicked City, was based on the true story of“the Wickedest City in Americ”Â—Phoenix City, Alabama. He is also the author of four Nick Travers novels.
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