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SOUTHLAND is a history of Los Angeles before Hollywood. It is also a crime noir filled with intrigue. The book tells the history of 6,656 acres of land once known as the Boca de Santa Monica (Pacific Palisades). Over New Year’s weekend in 1910, the matriarch of the first family to settle the property, along with her children and grandchildren, were poisoned by fruit and died at a last supper held next door to the L.A. Old Soldiers Home. Piecing together the archival evidence, SOUTHLAND exposes a murder plot tied to her land. It points a finger at two sons of the ex-confederate president supposedly buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

 

SUNSET CLUB tracks down the Kentucky spies recruited by Jefferson Davis in the final year of the Civil War. Those secret servicemen perfected the art of role-playing: first by masquerading as Midwesterners on cavalry raids north with marauder John Hunt Morgan; then by disguising themselves as U.S. soldiers on train rides south from hideouts in Canada. John Wilkes Booth was briefed at one such lair, which is why the spies were wanted for orchestrating the murder of President Lincoln. Yet nearly all were pardoned. Most became Kentucky attorneys, or so say Louisville records. Tinseltown photos tell a different story; The Wizard of Oz (1939) says their L.A. lives were real.

 

HOUSE OF DAVIS is a history of the Jefferson Davis family. It is also evidence that a “slave power” conspiracy nearly destroyed the United States. The book begins decades before the poisoning of the confederate president’s ex-father-in-law, President Zachary Taylor, on the Fourth of July in 1850: it ends decades after his imprisonment for orchestrating the Good Friday murder of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Gathering evidence culled from East Coast archives, HOUSE OF DAVIS splinters the wooden story of Davis left by Jim Crow. It demonstrates instead how a murderous criminal in pursuit of absolute power turned the nation against itself.

 

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