In 1926, musician Tom Hickey reads in a broadside about a lynching that the Los Angeles newspapers failed to report and discovers that the Negro victim was an old friend. When his neighbor, an LAPD detective, confirms that, officially, the lynching didn’t occur, Hickey decides to investigate the murder, earning himself beatings, gunfire meant to dissuade him, and warnings from a Klansman that he’s made some formidable enemies. Among them may be infamous Police Chief Two Gun Davis, Examiner publisher and political heavyweight William Randolph Hearst, and Harry Chandler, owner of the Times, who owns more land than any man in the world.
“James Ellroy fans will welcome Kuhlken's intriguing sixth California Century mystery….Kuhlken mixes historical and fictional characters with an ease that will remind many of Max Allan Collins's Nate Heller series. He's equally adept at melding the murder inquiry with Hickey's struggles with his dysfunctional family.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Kuhlken demonstrates his command of keeping a story moving with a meticulously thought-out plot while populating it with believable characters.” (Library Journal)
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