NPL will offer curbside service at select locations beginning June 8. Get details.

Devil's garden

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
From the critically acclaimed, award-nominated author comes a new noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history. Critics called Ace Atkins's Wicked City "gripping, superb" ( Library Journal ), "stunning" ( The Tampa Tribune ), "terrific" (Associated Press), "riveting" ( Kirkus Reviews ), "wicked good" ( Fort Worth Star-Telegram ), and "Atkins' best novel" ( The Washington Post ). But Devil's Garden is something else again. 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 Fatty 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, and he's the book's narrator. What he discovers will change American legal history--and his own life--forever. "The historical accuracy isn't what elevates Atkins' prose to greatness," said The Tampa Tribune . "It's his ability to let these characters breathe in a way that few authors could ever imagine. He doesn't so much write them as unleash them upon the page." You will not soon forget the extraordinary characters and events in Devil's Garden .
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 69580b45-95a5-e473-6b63-b9de88d85a50
Grouping Title devil s garden
Grouping Author atkins ace
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2020-06-05 22:43:26PM
Last Indexed 2020-06-05 00:00:22AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Ace Atkins
author_display Atkins, Ace
collection_catalog Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Main Library - Adult Fiction
display_description In this noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history--the 1921 manslaughter case against silent-screen comedy star Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle--Dashiell Hammett investigates what really happened at Arbuckle's San Francisco party and discovers a truth that will change American legal history--and his own life forever.
format_catalog Book
format_category_catalog Books
id 69580b45-95a5-e473-6b63-b9de88d85a50
isbn 9780399155369
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
overdrive:d60a293e-8f98-4826-869a-3f25ed6c3073 -1 Online OverDrive Collection Online OverDrive eBook eBook 1 false true OverDrive Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read Available Online
ils:CARL0000323805 35192038407403 Main Library - Adult Fiction Fiction Atkins 1 false false Checked Out MN
last_indexed 2020-06-05T05:00:22.732Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog Fiction Atkins
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Main Kids
Main Library
primary_isbn 9780399155369
publishDate 2009
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
overdrive:d60a293e-8f98-4826-869a-3f25ed6c3073 eBook eBook English Penguin Publishing Group
ils:CARL0000323805 Book Books English G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2009. 354 p. : col. map ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:d60a293e-8f98-4826-869a-3f25ed6c3073 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000323805 35192038407403 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
subject_facet Arbuckle, Roscoe, -- 1887-1933 -- Fiction
Detective and mystery stories, American
Hammett, Dashiell, -- 1894-1961 -- Fiction
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Fiction
Private investigators -- Fiction
Rappe, Virginia, -- 1895-1921 -- Fiction
Trials (Murder) -- California -- Fiction
title_display Devil's garden
title_full Devil's Garden
Devil's garden / Ace Atkins
title_short Devil's garden
topic_facet Arbuckle, Roscoe
Detective and mystery stories, American
Hammett, Dashiell
Motion picture actors and actresses
Private investigators
Rappe, Virginia
Trials (Murder)