Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings by Oakley Hall

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A compulsively readable historical thriller from "one of the country's finest writers." (Robert Stone)

An accomplished writer in several genres of fiction, veteran novelist Oakley Hall has been praised as "a novelist who never seems to make a wrong move. . . . He is a writer to read again and again" (Richard Ford). The San Francisco Chronicle has included him—along with Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, and Larry McMurtry—in its "Western 100" list of the best twentieth-century works of fiction written by an author from the American West.

Now, Hall unveils the riveting and entertaining sequel to his acclaimed Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades. Once again the hero is the historical figure Ambrose Bierce—William Randolph Hearst's star journalist and San Francisco's most celebrated writer. This time Bierce is investigating the disappearance of a Hawaiian princess attached to King Kalakaua's entourage. As the aged king slowly expires in the Palace Hotel's Royal Suite, San Francisco plays host to a throng of Hawaiian royal courtiers and counselors embroiled in a swirl of political intrigue surrounding the successor to the throne. As Bierce and his protégé, Tom Redmond, search for the missing princess, Hall weaves a wonderfully tangled narrative of murder and mystery. Intelligent, gripping, and often humorous, Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings will appeal to all readers of mysteries, adventure tales, and historical novels.
 

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Oakley Hall is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including Warlock, Separations, and the Ambrose Bierce mystery series. Hall is best known for The Downhill Racer, basis for the 1969 Robert Redford film of the same name. Hall was the Director of Programs in Writing at the University of California at Irvine for twenty years. He is also director of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and, in 1998, received a PEN Center USA/West Award for lifetime literary achievement. He lives in San Francisco.
 
Published October 1, 2001 by Viking Adult. 288 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The rumor that Mrs. Jaspers had been experiencing Devine ecstasies and that Jaspers had killed the villain who besmirched his first wife’s connubial bed 20 years ago makes the Noble Grand Humbug the obvious suspect—until somebody exonerates him by shooting him as well.

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The cub reporter’s tentative research leads to the discovery of a complex stock fraud that points—despite Bierce’s antimonopolistic suspicions (he believes the Southern Pacific Railroad guilty of everything)—to a mysterious cooperative: “the Society of Spades in Virginia City [Nevada], which was ...

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In San Francisco's Palace Hotel a king lies dying.

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The suffrage cause, embodied by three pretty suffragists (the "trey of pearls" of the title), provides the background for Hall's fourth literate historical (after 2003's Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks ), set in San Francisco in 1892.

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At the behest of millionaire publisher Willie Hearst, the pair investigates two murders—that of a photographer in Hearst's employ and that of a randy British yachtsman (known as a "one-eyed jack")—as well as the theft of some intimate photos of Hearst's gorgeous mistress.

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While King Kalakaua of Hawaii lies dying in a San Francisco hotel room, celebrated author-cum-detective Ambrose Bierce and his young companion, Tom Redmond, get the call to find a missing member of the royal entourage in this entertaining, if choppy, historical set during the winter of 1890–91.

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While King Kalakaua of Hawaii lies dying in a San Francisco hotel room, celebrated author-cum-detective Ambrose Bierce and his young companion, Tom Redmond, get the call to find a missing member of

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