By Ace Atkins
San Francisco, September 1921: Silent-screen comedy big name Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is throwing a wild celebration in his suite on the St. Francis Hotel-girls, jazz, bootleg hooch...and a lifeless actress named Virginia Rappe.
The D.A. says it was once Arbuckle who killed her- beaten her lower than his weight-and brings him up on manslaughter fees. William Randolph Hearst's newspapers fan the flames of the general public and insist a accountable verdict.
In desperation, Arbuckle's protection group hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective service provider to enquire and, they desire, notice the reality. The agent's identify is Dashiell Hammett... and what he discovers will swap American criminal history-and his personal lifestyles- ceaselessly
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He fingered the dressing in the same absentminded manner that, as a kid, he’d played with a loose tooth: repeatedly testing the pain it caused. ” His head hurt less now, after a double dose of codeine. “Less than a minute. I was trying to decide if you were just deep in thought or dead. ” Jon laughed, which stirred up the pain. ” “Open your eyes, this is an official consult. ” Wayne moved his vertical finger to the right then to the left, observing Jon’s eyes. Then he turned the finger horizontal and moved it up and down.
How long was he unconscious? Minutes? Days? Fisher seemed to be waiting for . . What? Oh, yes, the question . . “An inch maybe . . maybe twenty pounds heavier than me. Muscle though, not fat. ” Fisher scratched the side of his jaw, considering something. ” “Dobbs is gay. ” D e ad E n d D e a l | 35 Jon felt uncomfortable discussing Wayne’s personal life behind his back. Then again, if it helped the investigation . . Besides, Wayne didn’t hide it. ” There it was: guilt by association. Even though this wasn’t the first time the question had been asked, it still pissed him off.
He paid the deposit in cash and didn’t buy insurance. ” “You talked to the clerk who rented it? ” Jesus! ” He squeezed the bridge of his nose again and shook his head, more irritated at his own lack of patience than Ritter’s accusatory tone. ” Fisher pushed out of the chair and arched his back, working on the ache burrowing in between his shoulders. “No, that’s not all. Let me assure you we take this case seriously. Both the University and Seattle cops are also all over it. Last night SPD had two detectives going door to door in your neighborhood asking if anyone remembered seeing anything out of the ordinary the past two weeks.