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By Ace Atkins

San Francisco, September 1921: Silent-screen comedy megastar Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is throwing a wild occasion 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 fire up the general public and insist a accountable verdict.

In desperation, Arbuckle's safety crew hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective supplier to enquire and, they wish, realize the reality. The agent's identify is Dashiell Hammett... and what he discovers will switch American felony history-and his personal existence- ceaselessly

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Sein wütendes Schnauben ignorierte sie. », bellte Smith. » Marla schrie, doch Smith schrie noch lauter. » Ohne weiter nachzudenken, rannte Sara gebückt zum nächsten Tisch, in der Hoffnung, Smith konzentrierte sich auf Brad. Sie hielt den Atem an, wartete auf Schüsse. », rief Smith. Brads Stimme war erstaunlich ruhig. «Wir sind hier. Nicht schießen. Da bin nur noch ich und drei kleine Mädchen. » �Ich kann nicht, Mann. » Marla schrie: «Bitte nicht –» Doch wieder wurde sie mit einem Schlag zum Schweigen gebracht.

Ich habe schon mit den Kindern gesprochen», sagte Sara, auch wenn «Kinder» irreführend war. Das jüngste Kind der Verstorbenen war fast dreißig Jahre älter als Sara. » �Schön», sagte Jeffrey und unterschrieb auf der letzten Seite. Dann warf er den Bericht auf die Ecke des Tischs und steckte die Kappe auf seinen Stift. » Sara zuckte die Achseln, sie wusste nicht, was sie antworten sollte. Die Beziehung zu ihrer Schwester schien genauso den Bach runterzugehen wie die mit Jeffrey. » Er lehnte sich in seinem Stuhl zurück.

Die Zufahrtsstraße des College wurde vom Chevy der Campus-Security abgeriegelt, doch der Möchtegerncop, der in dem Wagen sitzen sollte, war nirgends zu sehen. Lena stand auf dem Bürgersteig und blickte die Straße hinunter. Fast rechnete sie damit, Steppenläufer vorbeiwehen zu sehen. Das Schaufenster der Reinigung war dunkel getönt, sodass sich selbst aus nächster Nähe kaum etwas im Innern erkennen ließ. Lena nahm an, dass Jeffrey hier die Kommandozentrale eingerichtet hatte. Hinter dem Gefängnis war nur der Parkplatz, und die Gefangenen hatten die Türen mit Sicherheit längst verbarrikadiert.

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