JEFFERSON DAVIS (L) POSING AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (R)
HOUSE OF DAVIS is a sensational White House crime story buried in known facts of U.S. history. The book centers around the life and times of Kentucky-born slave politician Jefferson Davis, beginning with the July 4, 1850 poisoning by cherries of his former father-in-law, 12th President Zachary Taylor, and ending with the October 16, 1906 death of his second wife on the anniversary of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry. Gathering evidence culled from the far corners of the archives, laying out primary sources not previously admitted into evidence, HOUSE OF DAVIS splinters the wooden story of America’s confederate president and musters facts in the case for a long-rumored national conspiracy.
WILLIAM B. HALDEMAN (L) POSING AS LOS ANGELES TIMES PUBLISHER “HARRISON GRAY OTIS” (R)
SUNSET CLUB tracks down the cabal of Kentucky spies recruited by Jefferson Davis in the final year of the Civil War. Those two-dozen or so secret servicemen perfected the art of role-playing, first by posing as Midwesterners on cavalry raids north with infamous Confederate maurauder John Hunt Morgan and later by dissembling as Union soldiers on trains they rode south from their Confederate Secret Service bases in Canada. They met with Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth at one such lair, which is why they were indicted for treason following the war. Still, virtually all received pardons. Most returned to the Blue Grass State where they led prominent second lives as attorneys. Still, facts and photographs say they went on to lead secret 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 (L) POSING AS LA ACTRESS “NELLIE” DAVIS (R)
SOUTHLAND is a history of Los Angeles before Hollywood. It is also a non-fiction crime noir that lives up to America’s second largest city’s sprawling reputation for aliases and intrigue. The facts center around the 6,656 acres of paradise that lie beneath L.A.’s star-studded coastal town of Pacific Palisades. Over New Year’s weekend in 1910, a matron from the first family of European heritage to settle the property, Maria Dionisia Jesus de Garcia, and her family, 13 victims in all, were poisoned by pears next to the Pacific Branch U.S. Old Soldier’s Home. Gathering evidence culled from the far corners of the archives, laying out primary sources not previously admitted into evidence, SOUTHLAND shows how the Garcias were all but certainly murdered by the founders of a local land company and points a finger at two sons of Jefferson Davis “buried” in Hollywood Cemetery.