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Murder At San Simeon.

Hearst, Patricia & Cordelia Francis Biddle

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ISBN 10: 0684804239 / ISBN 13: 9780684804231
Published by A Lisa Drew Book/Scribner, New York, 1996
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First Edition/First Printing. Hardcover in unclipped dustjacket. 283 pages. Patty Hearst's first book, a fine mystery based on ther true, mysterious death of producer Thomas Ince aboard the Oneida in 1924. A touch of edgewear, otherwise a near fine, unread book. From my smoke-free collection. Ships in well-padded box. Bookseller Inventory # 290

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Title: Murder At San Simeon.

Publisher: A Lisa Drew Book/Scribner, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Her mother's deathbed words lead Catha Kinsolving Burke to San Simeon, the legendary Hearst castle, and to the mysterious seventy-year-old death of Hollywood producer Thomas Ince

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The death, under mysterious circumstances, of a prominent Hollywood producer at William Randolph Hearst's legendary California estate, San Simeon, in the 1920s was never solved and quickly disappeared from public view. But not apparently from the mind of the newspaper mogul's granddaughter, who, with coauthor Biddle (Beneath the Wind), pens this tale based on that murder. Described with brio is the relationship between Hearst and his silent screen-star mistress, Marion Davies, whom the publisher kept a virtual prisoner at the castle where she took revenge by throwing wild parties and having assorted, barely concealed affairs. At their best when cataloguing the beauties and excesses of San Simeon, the authors are less successful with fictional character, Catha Kinsolving Burke. The story opens at the funeral of Catha's estranged mother. Catha is astonished to learn that her mother wished to have her ashes sprinkled at San Simeon. After honoring the request, Catha tours the estate and overhears a conversation that implicates her grandmother, personal assistant to Marion Davies, in a murder. The rest of the story alternates between Catha's search for information about her grandmother's real role in the murder and a recreation of life at San Simeon in the '20s. Catha's present-day angst just can't compete against the passions and other extravagances of Hearst's heyday: her mystery merely provides pallid packaging for the still lurid and juicy true-life one.
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