JEFFERSON DAVIS POSING AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
HOUSE OF DAVIS is a capital crime story buried in the facts of U.S. history. The book assembles the circumstances surrounding the life and times of Kentucky-born slave politician Jefferson Davis, beginning on July 4, 1850 with the strange poisoning by fruit (cherries) of his ex-father-in-law, 12th President Zachary Taylor, and ending on October 16, 1906 with the death of his widow on the anniversary of John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry. Gathering historical evidence culled from the far corners of the nation’s historical archives, drawing primary material together not previously admitted into evidence, HOUSE OF DAVIS splinters the wooden story of America’s only confederate president and musters facts in the case for a long-rumored Washington, D.C. conspiracy.
WILLIAM B. HALDEMAN POSING AS LOS ANGELES TIMES PUBLISHER “HARRISON GRAY OTIS”
SUNSET CLUB tracks down two-dozen spies recruited by Jefferson Davis in the final year of the Civil War. Those Kentucky secret service men perfected the arts of role-playing: first by pretending to be Midwesterners on cavalry raids north with Blue Grass maurauder John Hunt Morgan; later by disguising themselves as Union soldiers on trains south from their secret service hideouts in Canada. They prepared John Wilkes Booth in Montreal, which is why they were indicted for treason after the war. Yet they were later pardoned and most returned home to Kentucky where they led conventional second lives as lawyers. Still, photographs say they also led twlight third lives as Hollywood’s paramount actors, and that non-fiction tale is more incredible than the Wizard of Oz.
DAUGHTER OF CONFEDERACY “WINNIE” DAVIS POSING AS LA ACTRESS “NELLIE” DAVIS
SOUTHLAND is a history of Los Angeles before Hollywood. It’s also a non-fiction crime noir that lives up to the sprawling city’s reputation for aliases and intrigue. The facts focus in on the history of 6,656 acres lying beneath L.A.’s star-studded town of Pacific Palisades. In 1910, at a New Year’s celebration hosted by a matron of the first family of European heritage to settle the property, Maria Dionisia Jesus de Garcia and her family, 13 persons in all, were poisoned by fruit (pears). Pulling evidence together from the far corners of the archives, culling facts together not previously admitted into evidence, SOUTHLAND demonstrates how the family was murdered and points an accusing finger at the children of Jefferson Davis “buried” in Hollywood Cemetery.