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Ambrose Bierce and the Trey of Pearls
by Oakley Hall
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670032700, Hardcover)When three pretty young suffragists known as the Trey of Pearls come to San Francisco, the city’s brawling and unrefined men whip themselves into a lather of desire and defiance. But the murder of Reverend Divine, the famous advocate of spiritualism, temperance, and the female vote, sets Ambrose Bierce and Tom Redmond on the trail to uncover a darker side to the girls’ composure and comeliness—free love, a jeweled harem, and a web of San Francisco’s most powerful men desperately trying to cover their pasts.
As the two sleuths begin to glimpse the truth, the body count builds and tensions—both political and social—erupt into a standoff among suffragists, hard-drinking diehards, and, lurking in the shadows, the elusive murderer.
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"When three beautiful young feminists come to San Francisco in 1892 to advocate suffrage for women and temperance for men, the burly city built by miners and railroad men offers them fierce resistance. Known as "The Trey of Pearls," the trio of chaste and pretty suffragettes align themselves with the church of the local super star preacher. But when their famous advocate, Reverend Devine, is found murdered, Ambrose Bierce and his indomitable sidekick Tom Redmond uncover a different kind of "liberation." To discover who killed Devine - and who is threatening the Pearls - Tom and Ambrose must navigate the heavy seas of free love, the politics of a minister's harem, and the secrets of California's rough and ready frontier past. As Tom gets closer to the truth, the murder count builds, and the tension erupts into a standoff between the Trey, a fraternity of saloon toughs, and, from somewhere in the shadows, the murderer."--BOOK JACKET.
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