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Devil's Garden

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Devil's Garden

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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...
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...
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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.
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  • Ace Atkins earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2001 while at The Tampa Tribune for his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s that later became the basis for White Shadow. The Alabama native, also the author of four Nick Travers novels - Crossroad Blues, Leavin' Trunk Blues, Dark End of the Street, and Dirty South - lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Writer Ace Atkins and narrator Dick Hill tell a story inspired by the 1920s "Fatty" Arbuckle trial. Arbuckle was an overweight silent screen star charged with the rape and manslaughter of a starlet. The trial was a sensation--the O.J. trial of its time. In Atkins's version, real-life writer Dashiell Hammett serves as a Pinkerton investigator for the defense. Atkins gives the listener pause as Arbuckle's career and fortune are destroyed by the media circus led by William Randolph Hearst. Hill gives the narration the flavor of the '20s, the grittiness of Hammett's character, the glitz of the showgirls, the na•veté and arrogance of Arbuckle, and the larger-than-life characterizations of William Randolph Hearst and actresses Marion Davies and Minta Durfee. When writer and reader are done, the sadness remains. A.L.H. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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