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Author: Ace Atkins Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781423349983
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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 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, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] outstanding crime novel…With enviable ease, Atkins 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)

  • “Atkins again proves a meticulous researcher, but here he does an even better job of melding that research into a lively, atmospheric narrative. Both Hammett and Arbuckle emerge as multidimensional, appealing characters, and Atkins’ version of what happened at Fatty’s wild party in the St. Francis Hotel has the ring of truth.”

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  • Devil’s Garden is storytelling and writing at its very best. With this novel, Atkins establishes himself as the literary heir of a closely edited Faulkner, of a more disciplined Thomas Wolfe. This is stirring, impeccable wordcraft that demands to be read and reread.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • Selected for the April 2009 Indie Next List
  • A 2009 Hammett Prize Finalist

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About the Author

Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which—The Ranger and The Lost Ones—were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In addition, he is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team, for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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 thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.