JEFFERSON DAVIS (L) POSING AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (R)
HOUSE OF DAVIS is a true White House crime story assembled using known facts of U.S. history. The book centers around the Washington, D.C. career 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 material culled from the far corners of the archives, presenting primary sources not previously admitted into evidence, HOUSE OF DAVIS splinters the wooden story of America’s confederate president and marshals truth 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 Kentucky spies recruited by Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Those two-dozen or so Confederate Secret Servicemen invented the art of life or death role-playing, first by masquerading as Midwesterners on cavalry raids north with infamous Confederate marauder John Hunt Morgan and later by dissembling as Union soldiers on train rides south from their Confederate Secret Service bases in Canada. Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth was prepared by the spies at one such lair, which is why all the secret servicemen were indicted by the U.S. government. Still, the spies were eventually pardoned. Most returned home to the Blue Grass state where they lead successful second lives as prominent Blue Grass attorneys. Still, facts and photographs say the same spies lead secret third lives as Hollywood’s paramount cast of actors and that untold true story 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 the birth of Hollywood. It is also a non-fiction crime noir that lives up to the sprawling city’s reputation for secrets, aliases, and intrigue. Facts center around 6,656 acres of paradise beneath the star-studded L.A. coastal suburb of Pacific Palisades. Over New Year’s weekend in 1910 the matron of the first family of European heritage to settle the property, Maria Dionisia Jesus de Garcia, plus her entire family, 13 victims in all, were poisoned by bad pears. Gathering evidence culled from the far corners of the archives, presenting facts not previously admitted into evidence, SOUTHLAND demostrates how the Garcias were the victims of a sinister plot to take their family land and points an accusing finger at dissembling sons of Jefferson Davis buried in Hollywood Cemetery.