Young Thomas Culhane grows up in the small Californian town of Eureka. Who was this woman, where did she come from, how did she get all this money, and what was her connection to Eureka, to Thomas Culhane and to the bloody events of the 1920s that saw Culhane's political star begin to rise?
From the acclaimed author of Primal Fear, a stunning new suspense epic of California corruption in the first half of the twentieth century. Young Thomas Culhane grows up in the small Californian town of Eureka. But, although he is adopted by one of the town's wealthy families, he knows he must escape Eureka to make his own way in the world. Then World War I intervenes and Culhane ships to Europe to join the American forces in Europe, where he proves himself a hero. On his return to Eureka, he soon becomes deputy sheriff to the town's legendary lawman. In the early 1920s, he steps into his boss's shoes after the sheriff is killed in a shootout. Some twenty years later, Sheriff Culhane is a powerful man about to run as state governor. One hundred miles south of Eureka in Los Angeles, Verna Wilensky has been electrocuted in her bathtub. At first her death looks accidental. But as the police investigate further, and discover that she had almost USD100,000 in her bank account, they begin to dig deeper. Who was this woman, where did she come from, how did she get all this money, and what was her connection to Eureka, to Thomas Culhane and to the bloody events of the 1920s that saw Culhane's political star begin to rise? Bestselling author William Diehl has written a compelling crime novel set in the golden state of California and revealing its seamy and corrupt underbelly.
William Diehl shot to fame with the publication and subsequent filming of his novel SHARKY'S MACHINE. Since then he has written several other bestsellers, including PRIMAL FEAR - also filmed to great acclaim. He and his wife live in Woodstock, Georgia.
Entering the territory of this roman noir, you find yourself back in the world of Chinatown, where politics, violence and large-scale criminality create the dynamic of 1940s California. The town of Eureka has a chequered history. Founded by men who enforced what passed for law with their guns, it is now a respectable small town seemingly like any of the others encircling Los Angeles. But when police detective Zeke Bannon tries to comprehend the mysterious death of a middle-aged woman found dead in her bath, the trail leads back to Eureka at the turn of the century. The woman apparently died by accident when her radio fell into the bath. But the autopsy reveals that the cause of death was drowning, prior to the accident. What has this small incident of mortality to do with bootleggers, the keeper of an expensive brothel, an old-time sheriff, or the man about to run for the position of governor? Zeke's dogged detecting eventually leads to the answer. Written in the laconic style of the early masters of this genre, Eureka has entertaining dialogue, Hemingwayesque sentences, and an attractive hero who falls satisfactorily in love as well as solving the crime. A good light read for people who like their thrillers in glamorous dresses. (Kirkus UK)
From the acclaimed author of Primal Fear, a stunning new suspense epic of California corruption the first half of the twentieth century.