Author Event: AMERICAN RED by David Marlett
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Come join the conversation as bestselling author David Marlett reads from and discusses his latest historical legal thriller, AMERICAN RED.
In AMERICAN RED, the Great American Century begins, the modern world roars to life, capitalists flaunt greed and seize power, socialists and labor unions flex their violent will, and an extraordinary true story of love and sacrifice unfolds. The men and women of AMERICAN RED are among the most fascinating in American history. When, at the dawn of the 20th century, the Idaho governor is assassinated, blame falls on “Big Bill” Haywood, the all-powerful, one-eyed boss of the Western Federation of Miners in Denver. Close by, his polio-crippled wife, Neva, struggles with her wavering faith, her love for another man, and her sister’s affair with her husband. New technologies accelerate American life, but justice lags behind. Private detectives, battling socialists and unions on behalf of wealthy capitalists, will do whatever it takes to see Haywood hanged. The scene is set for bloodshed, from Denver to Boise to San Francisco. America’s most famous attorney, Clarence Darrow, leads the defense—and a philandering U.S. senator leads the prosecution—while the press, gunhands, and spies pour in. Among them are two idealists, Jack Garrett and Carla Capone—he a spy for the prosecution, she for the defense. Risking all, they discover truths about their employers, about themselves and each other, and what they’ll sacrifice for justice and honor—and for love.
David Marlett is a national bestselling author and award-winning storyteller. His historical legal thrillers bring alive the amazing people and events leading to major trials. Just released is AMERICAN RED which follows the extraordinary true story of a set of radical lovers, lawyers, killers, and spies who launched the Great American Century. David is also a professor at Pepperdine Law School, was the managing editor of OMNI Magazine, and guest-lectures on story design.