Synopses & Reviews
1915. A city emerges from the ashes . . . and so does a killer concealed in its shadows.
Nine years after San Franciscos great earthquake and fires, the city is just beginning to be reborn and is full of possibility. The Worlds Fair is opening to herald the completion of the Panama Canal and display exciting wonders and the promise of the new technological age.
Yet the primitive past haunts the citys renaissance. Leaving a trail of brutality, a murderous fanatic secretly stalks one of the fairs chief attractions: the brilliant mesmerist James “J. D.” Duncan. Homicide detective Randall Blackburn and his adopted son, Shane Nightingale, must combine their intuitive profiling skills deductive techniques to solve a murder that hasnt happened yet . . . one that only its terrified intended victim can see coming.
Praise for Anthony Flaccos The Last Nightingale
“Flacco imagines the chaos [of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake] in precise and vivid detail while contributing his own distinctive narrative touch.”
-The New York Times
“Gripping . . . [Flaccos] screenwriting talent shines in this story of the earths destructive power and humanitys moral depravity. . . . Dickens meets Hannibal Lecter. Brace yourself.”
“A frightening and haunting picture of a ruined city staggering back to reality.”
-The Washington Times
"The trio of unusual characters forged into a family unit in Flacco's The Last Nightingale Det. Randall Blackburn and his two adopted children, Shane Nightingale and Vignette Nightingale, who are now grown to young adulthood face new challenges in this entertaining sequel, set in 1915 as San Francisco prepares to host the Pan-Pacific International Exposition on fairgrounds constructed on earthquake rubble. Blackburn is assigned to babysit famed mesmerist J.D. Duncan, one of the exposition's headliners, who introduces the recently invented drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine to America. A woman with her sights set on Blackburn, a killer with his sights set on Duncan and civic leaders bent on rebuilding San Francisco's reputation at any cost, all threaten the members of the Blackburn family, whose evolving relationships form this historical's most appealing aspect. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the author of "The Last Nightingale" comes an exhilarating historical thriller set against the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair.
About the Author
Anthony Flacco is the author of The Hidden Man, The Last Nightingale, and two non-fiction books: A Checklist for Murder and Tiny Dancer. He began his writing career as a staff writer at several prominent Chicago theatres. He was selected for the highly prestigious American Film Institute fellowship in Screenwriting and received his MFA in Screenwriting in 1992. He was the recipient of the AFI Paramount Fellowship Screenwriting Award for his script, The Frog's Legacy, and was selected as a winner of The Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, and spent a year writing for the Touchstone Pictures division.Anthony is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Mystery Writers of America, and the International Thriller Writers organization. He lives on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle.