Devil's Garden (Hardcover)

By Ace Atkins

Putnam Adult, 9780399155369, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/30/2010)
Compact Disc (4/1/2009)
MP3 CD (8/11/2015)
MP3 CD (4/1/2009)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (4/1/2009)

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April 2009 Indie Next List

“Ace Atkins writing in the voice of Sam 'Dashiell' Hammett is a match made in heaven. All the elements of great noir are here: the fogs of San Francisco, the cold-hearted blond, and the crooked cops. To make the feat even more impressive, Atkins tackles the notorious case of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and offers a very believable answer to what happened and why.”
— Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC
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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- crushed 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.

In desperation, Arbuckle's defense team hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective agency to investigate and, they hope, discover the truth. The agent's name is Dashiell Hammett... and what he discovers will change American legal history-and his own life- forever