1906 A Novel Author:James Dalessandro Every disaster has a backstory, none more thrilling than this one. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning tale of political corruption, vendettas, romance, rescue -- and murder -- is based on recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Told by a feisty young reporter,... more » Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Victorian-era 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. With the appeal and texture of The Alienist, Carter Beats the Devil, and the novels of E. L. Doctrow, James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic. Movie rights to the novel have been bought by Barry Levinson/SpringCreek Productions/Warner Brothers. The movie will enter pre-production soon.« less
Well written fictionalized account of the earthquake that devasted San Francisco in 1906. This actually focuses as much on the political corruption that was going on prior to, and during the earthquake, as it does on the disaster itself. very thought provoking book.
If you enjoy this genre, you will really like this book. After you get into it a while, it reads like an action movie. I sort of picked this up hoping it would be good but not knowing much about it. Had just finished reading "Devil in the White City" and wanted to read some more historical event type literature(although the latter book mentioned is not fictional). I was not disappointed!