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Murder at San Simeon

Patricia Hearst, Cordelia Frances Biddle

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ISBN 10: 0684804239 / ISBN 13: 9780684804231
Editore: Scribner, New York, NY, 1996
Condizione: Very Good Rilegato
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Signed by Patricia Hearst on title page. In 1924, William Randolf Hearst would briefly quit both his beloved San Simeon and Marion after the suspicious death of the film producer Thomas Ince aboard the Oneida. Boards have wear at edges, rubbed. Dust jacket has wear at edges, some creases, rubbed. Size: 6 3/4" x 9 1/2". Codice inventario libreria 010554

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Titolo: Murder at San Simeon

Casa editrice: Scribner, New York, NY

Data di pubblicazione: 1996

Legatura: Cloth

Condizione libro:Very Good

Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good

autografato: Signed by Author

Edizione: First Edition

Tipologia articolo: HARD COVER

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Her mother's deathbed words lead Catha Kinsolving Burke to San Simeon, the legendary Hearst castle, and to the mysterious seventy-year-old death of Hollywood producer Thomas Ince

From Publishers Weekly:

The death, under mysterious circumstances, of a prominent Hollywood producer at William Randolph Hearst's legendary California estate, San Simeon, in the 1920s was never solved and quickly disappeared from public view. But not apparently from the mind of the newspaper mogul's granddaughter, who, with coauthor Biddle (Beneath the Wind), pens this tale based on that murder. Described with brio is the relationship between Hearst and his silent screen-star mistress, Marion Davies, whom the publisher kept a virtual prisoner at the castle where she took revenge by throwing wild parties and having assorted, barely concealed affairs. At their best when cataloguing the beauties and excesses of San Simeon, the authors are less successful with fictional character, Catha Kinsolving Burke. The story opens at the funeral of Catha's estranged mother. Catha is astonished to learn that her mother wished to have her ashes sprinkled at San Simeon. After honoring the request, Catha tours the estate and overhears a conversation that implicates her grandmother, personal assistant to Marion Davies, in a murder. The rest of the story alternates between Catha's search for information about her grandmother's real role in the murder and a recreation of life at San Simeon in the '20s. Catha's present-day angst just can't compete against the passions and other extravagances of Hearst's heyday: her mystery merely provides pallid packaging for the still lurid and juicy true-life one.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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