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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ace Atkins Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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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 - crushing 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. 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, Arbuckle's defense team hires a Pinkerton agent to do an investigation of his own and, they hope, discover the truth. The agent's name is Dashiell Hammett, and he's the book's narrator. What he discovers will change American legal history - and his own life - forever. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Lewis | 1/31/2014

    " I would give 4 stars except the ebook version I had was hard to read. It might have been the format. 1921 San Francisco comes alive. Dashiell Hammett, William Randolph Hearst, and Fatty Arbuckle (far different from his moving picture persona) populate this captivating fact based tale of corruption, intrigue, scandal, and ruin from almost a century ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/27/2014

    " A fictionalized account of the Fatty Arbuckle trials, the silent film star who was framed for a murder charge "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent! Fascinating historical account of how Fatty Arbuckle was framed for murder & tried 3 times before finally being found not guilty. He was accused of squishing a woman to death while raping her. He was framed by billionaire William Randolf Hearst because Fatty had once been intimate with Hearst's movie star girlfriend. Although Fatty was found innocent, he was blackballed from show business for the rest of his life. The narrator of this story is Dashiell Hammett, a Pinkerton agent, who goes on to become a famous detective writer (the Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/7/2014

    " Ace Atkins, former reporter for the Tampa Tribune, has delivered another book based on a historical crime. This time the subject is Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/16/2013

    " This plot is based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal of the early 1920s. The detective in this case in no other than Sam Hammett, working for the Pinkertons. Sam is newly married and newly a father, suffering from TB and not really the settling down sort. Arbuckle is caught up in a plot to ruin his career which is reported daily in the Hearst papers. Good period feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 12/15/2013

    " Great book, almost 5 stars. So true to the period of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Randolph Hearst it would seem to be comtemporary with that time. It breaks one's heart to consider the corruption and injustice that ruins lives as portrayed in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Mitchell | 12/9/2013

    " An entertaining fictionalized account of the Fatty Arbuckle trial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/14/2013

    " This was a pretty good historical mystery with Dashiell Hammett (aka Sam Hammett) as the detective and the Fatty Arbuckle/Virginia Rappe scandal as the main story. WR Hearst also serves as a main character. I thought it was pretty well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 11/6/2013

    " Pretty good take on the infamous Fatty Arbuckle case and a good description of 1920s San Francisco. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 10/30/2013

    " a bit slow and hard to read, but forced myselk to finish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 8/14/2013

    " this is a really interesting book about people who behaved outrageously. Genre? I don't know. Most of the characters are real, so maybe it's historical fiction. In the news accounts, rumor and fact are hard to separate. I liked the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 8/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this audio book. I think Dick Hill did an excellent job as reader - his voice just fit the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elpheaba | 7/17/2013

    " I read it because I have always been interested in the "Fatty" Arbuckle case. Honestly, that case still deserves a good book, this is not it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this - Atkins keeps Hammett's noir feel but uses language and pacing differently enough that it doesn't feel derivative. A good companion to Joe Gores's Spade and Archer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stu | 11/17/2011

    " I knew Dashiel Hammet was a detective before writing The Thin Man and The Maltese Falcon, but I had no idea he was an investigator in the Fatty Arbuckle case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/23/2011

    " God, I loved this book. It had it all (for me, anyway): Dashiell Hammett, early Hollywood, yellow journalism, murder and mayhem, chippies and dicks, Fatty and The City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Marie | 10/2/2011

    " I didn't really like the way this was written, but the story of Fatty Arbuckle and his trial for rape and murder, and the private detective assigned to the case, (none other than Sam Dashiel Hammett) is really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Marie | 12/19/2010

    " I didn't really like the way this was written, but the story of Fatty Arbuckle and his trial for rape and murder, and the private detective assigned to the case, (none other than Sam Dashiel Hammett) is really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajaxwriter | 10/10/2010

    " Ace Atkins, former reporter for the Tampa Tribune, has delivered another book based on a historical crime. This time the subject is Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/4/2010

    " God, I loved this book. It had it all (for me, anyway): Dashiell Hammett, early Hollywood, yellow journalism, murder and mayhem, chippies and dicks, Fatty and The City. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/6/2010

    " I really enjoyed this audio book. I think Dick Hill did an excellent job as reader - his voice just fit the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veralene | 10/16/2009

    " Great read about SF in the 1920's, the murder trial of actor Fatty Arbuckle, and the evil doings of that asshole William Randolf Hearst.. FA's defense attorney hires a Pinkerton investigator named - drum roll - Dashiell Hammett - and the rest is history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 9/16/2009

    " An entertaining fictionalized account of the Fatty Arbuckle trial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 7/29/2009

    " Pretty good take on the infamous Fatty Arbuckle case and a good description of 1920s San Francisco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/15/2009

    " This was a pretty good historical mystery with Dashiell Hammett (aka Sam Hammett) as the detective and the Fatty Arbuckle/Virginia Rappe scandal as the main story. WR Hearst also serves as a main character. I thought it was pretty well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stu | 5/16/2009

    " I knew Dashiel Hammet was a detective before writing The Thin Man and The Maltese Falcon, but I had no idea he was an investigator in the Fatty Arbuckle case. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elpheaba | 4/22/2009

    " I read it because I have always been interested in the "Fatty" Arbuckle case. Honestly, that case still deserves a good book, this is not it. "

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About the Author
Author Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of seventeen books, including five books in the Quinn Colson series. Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, he has also written several of these, including Robert. B. Parker’s Lullaby, Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, and Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot, all of which were New York Times bestsellers.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.