Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this pause-resisting historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast, to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle - fought even as the city burns - that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.
"A riveting account of corruption, greed, and murder [set against] the great San Francisco Earthquake" (Dallas Morning News)
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Corruption, Violence, Death. And That is Before
- Michael Oberhardt
I really enjoyed this book in that it brought a historical topic to life while following someone through their experience as if you were there. Great reader both in telling the story and expression. Must read and already recommended.