Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings

Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings

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In this compulsively readable mystery, the hero is the historical figure Ambrose Bierce, William Randolph Hearst's star reporter and San Francisco's most celebrated writer at the turn of the twentieth century. Bierce is asked to investigate the disappearance of a Hawaiian princess attached to the entourage of King Kalakaua, who is slowly dying in the Palace Hotel's Royal Suite. As Bierce and his prot&eacuteg&eacute, Tom Redmond, search for the missing princess, 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.

Intelligent, gripping, and often very funny, this wonderfully tangled tale of murder and mystery is sure to satisfy.

"Oakley Hall has one of the finest prose styles around: tough, agile, but tinged with a sepia hint of gentlemanly elegance. It's a tool perfectly suited to bringing to life the San Francisco of the 1890s, at once gilded and rough hewn, brawling and refined." (Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay)
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 22mm | 81.65g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142001333
  • 9780142001332

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