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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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). "

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