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The Hidden Man: A Novel of Suspense

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1915. A city emerges from the ashes . . . and so does a killer concealed in its shadows.

Nine years after San Francisco’s great earthquake and fires, the city is just beginning to be reborn and is full of possibility. The World’s Fair is opening to herald the completion of the Panama Canal and display exciting wonders and the promise of the new technological age.

Yet the pri
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2008)
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Geri Spieler
The Hidden Man is the second book of historical fiction by Anthony Flacco. The first, The Last Nightingale, is where he introduced Detective Randall Blackburn and his adopted children Shane and Vignette Nightingale.

In the first book of this series, Flacco shows us the horrors that go on behind the scenes in San Francisco at the time of the great earthquake and fires. Nine years later in The Hidden Man, San Francisco is just beginning to recover from the devastation brought on by a cruel trick o
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Maria M. Elmvang
Every day we pass hundreds of people on our way through life. Some we notice and remember, but most we just pass by, forgetting them they second they disappear from our line of sight. The Hidden Man knows this, and takes advantage of being as non-descript as possible.

Famous mesmerizer James "JD" Duncan knows the dangers of these non-descript people, and hires homicide detective Randall Blackburn to act as his personal bodyguard as he settles to spend 10 months in San Francisco during the World F
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Robert
Nov 26, 2008 Robert is currently reading it
Just picked this up today, and won't get to it for awhile, but in skimming a few pages I get nervous. I don't expect historical fiction to be exact in every detail, but there are a lot of words and phrases that smack of 1990-2008 rather than 1915, and I'm a little put off that the author can't seem to get the name of his central attraction correct. The 1915 San Francisco World's Fair was known as the Panama Pacific International Exposition--NOT the Pan-Pacific International Exposition(as the aut ...more
Julia
I do enjoy good Historical fiction, which the author discusses as part of the Mortalis book feature, but I felt the author had a little stronger storyline in his first book. This is the 2nd book in the Blackburn/Nightingale Family mystery series, and the setting is 9 years later, as San Francisco prepares for the Pan-Pacific exposition -- reminiscent of the Devil in the White City. However, the plot which has gone at a pretty even pace, suddenly takes a dark turn. I thought the death description ...more
Karla
Like Flacco's writing. San Francisco 1915. That's cool. But now there are two characters that are disturbing, not just one as in The Last Nightingale. That's too many pages spent with with unattractive personalities. I read about 40% of the book before I quit.
Amanda Ishtayeh
I tried...I really tried to finish this and to get into it because the whole preface of the book is what I really enjoy. History, mystery and strong women characters. However, I surrendered at page 200...just did not care and I have so many good things I want to read.
Pancha
Apparently this is a sequel. I'm having trouble getting into it, so I'll hold off judgment until I've tried the first book. After reading the first book, I don't have any interest in finishing this one.
Ruth
Enjoyed having this novel set at the turn of the century in SF. Engaging characters. Only one twist I didn't pick up on.
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Anthony’s background as a trained stage actor with over 2,000 performances under his Actors Equity membership provides the primary basis for his critically acclaimed ability to empathize with a wide cross-section of personalities. His screenwriting experience is also of great use in telling narrative stories that are visually compelling, whether for the “screen” of a reader’s imagination or the sc ...more
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