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Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots (Ambrose Bierce #5)

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“Oakley Hall is a master craftsman. . . . Intrigue will keep you turning the pages.” —Amy Tan

From Thomas Pynchon to Richard Ford, Amy Tan to Diane Johnson, the list of devotees of the Ambrose Bierce mystery series continues to grow as the larger-than-life hero tracks down California’s most malevolent criminal minds. In this rough-and-tumble romp through gritty Old San Fr
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Penguin Books (first published 2005)
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Alison C
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't generally hold with real historical individuals being made into characters in (usually mystery) novels set in their historical period, but Oakley Hall's Ambrose Bierce series is one that I quite enjoy, no doubt at least in part because it's set in 1890s San Francisco. In Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots, the fifth in the series, Ambrose and his sidekick/fellow journalist Tom Redmond, run across Dora Pratt, a "shootist" with a Wild West show who rivals the more famous Annie Oakley; To ...more
John
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: Barrington Public Library
So-so book. I love a good western, but I've read better. For a funny western, I'd recommend The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion by Loren D. Estleman or Telegraph Days: A Novel byLarry McMurtry.
Karen
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Using Ambrose Bierce as a fictional detective in 1890s San Francisco was a good idea. Unfortunately, the author wasn't quite up to it. In this book, Bierce is only a vague side-character. Instead, we're bored by a bland, no-personality narrator named Tom Redmond, who's supposed to be Bierce's "Dr. Watson". Dr. Watson had 100 times more personality than this character. Redmond falls in love with a Wild West show sharpshooter a la Annie Oakley, some murders happen, bla bla bla. The Golden Age San ...more
Megan
Sep 12, 2008 added it
Meh. I was kind of ambivalent about this book. I liked the historical aspect, but couldn't get that into the plot. And I had absolutely no sense of the characters at all. In fact, I'm writing this up about a month after I read it, and I don't really remember anything that happened in the book, and probably wouldn't even remember having read it if it weren't sitting on my pile of books to give away.
Karen
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, a Western Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but it just didn't keep me interested. Even the leading lady was hard to like and the story just wasn't enough.
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Jan 27, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Oakley Hall also wrote under the nom de plume of O.M. Hall and Jason Manor.

Oakley Maxwell Hall was an American novelist. He was born in San Diego, California, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and served in the Marines during World War II. Some of his mysteries were published under the pen names "O.M. Hall" and "Jason Manor." Hall received his Master of Fine Arts in English fr
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