Devil's Garden by Ace Atkins

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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


About Ace Atkins

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Ace Atkins is the author of White Shadow, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, Infamous, and four Nick Travers novels. He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.
Published February 20, 2009 by Berkley. 380 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Children's Books, Crime. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Ace Atkins went from being a good writer to an amazing one.

Dec 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Devil's Garden

Tampa Bay Times

Devil's Garden By Ace Atkins Putnam, 368 pages, $24.95 Review: 'Devil's Garden' by Ace Atkins puts Dashiell Hammett in the Fatty Arbuckle case 04/18/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 18, 2009 4:30am]

Apr 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Devil's Garden

Savannah Now

America, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle once said, "elevates a man more quickly than any nation in the world, and casts him down more quickly - quite often on surmise or mere hunch."

May 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Devil's Garden

Rap Sheet

Re the uninspired covers of the Fawcett reprint editions of the mid 90s: I can't help but think that "political correctness" figured into the design and the lack of any female form connecting to the original covers.

Jan 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Devil's Garden

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