Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings



In this compulsively readable mystery, the hero is the historical figure Ambrose Bierce, William Randolph Hearst’s star reporter and San Francisco’s most celebrated writer at the turn of the twentieth century. Bierce is asked to investigate the disappearance of a Hawaiian princess attached to the entourage of King Kalakaua, who is slowly dying in the Palace Hotel’s Royal Suite. As Bierce and his protTgT, Tom Redmond, search for the missing princess, San Francisco plays host to a throng of Hawaiian royal courtiers and counselors embroiled in a swirl of political intrigue surrounding the successor to the throne.


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