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Pigtailed Heart

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In the gritty mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles, ex-detective Jack Clayton has few illusions—he knows all about L.A. corruption. Yet when the great defense lawyer Jerry Giesler asks him to track down witnesses for L.A.’s latest sensational murder trial, the murder of Doris Dazey by her husband, a prominent Hollywood doctor, he can’t resist.

As soon as he starts to investig
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Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published (first published September 13th 2010)
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N. Sasson
Oct 17, 2010 N. Sasson rated it it was amazing
Author Ruth Francisco delivers an intelligent, multilayered, and rapidly paced historical crime novel of 1930’s Los Angeles in The Pigtailed Heart. Based on an actual criminal trial, this story swings from the courtroom, to seedy backroom gambling parlors populated by Hollywood socialites, to even more sordid political entanglements that reach far beyond the glitter and sunshine of southern California.
George Kendall Dazey is a well known doctor whose wife, the lovely yet troubled starlet Doris D
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Ruth Francisco
Sep 17, 2010 Ruth Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
On the gritty mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles, investigator Jack Clayton has few illusions—he knows all about LA corruption. Yet when the great defense lawyer Jerry Giesler asks him to find witnesses for Hollywood’s last sensational murder trial, he tumbles into a web of gambling, corruption, and espionage, and into the arms of a siren so dangerous she could set off the whole powder keg.
R.L.
Sep 29, 2010 R.L. rated it liked it
The book has what I think is an unnecessarily explicit prolog and the first chapter or two were kinda slow. Glad I stuck with though, because it ended up being an interesting noir exercise about Los Angeles in the late 1930s, a la Chinatown.
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I tend to write novels that are a little controversial. I don't intend to, but a question grabs hold of my mind--Do we have a right to say no to medical technology? What would it be like to be Jackie Kennedy? Where is Islamic extremism taking us?--and it won't let go. I have to explore it, I have to write about it.

Since my interests are varied, my books are varied, perhaps too much so. But whateve
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