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Author: David Marlett

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: Softcover, 535 pages

Price: $18.95

Pub Date: July 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-61188-178-3

Publisher: Storyplant 

Distributor: National Book Network

Wholesaler: Ingram

Coop Allowances: Provided through NBN

Also Available: eBook and Audiobook will also be available


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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.

In his critically acclaimed debut novel, Fortunate Son, David Marlett introduced readers to a fresh take on historical fiction--the historical legal thriller--bringing alive the people and events leading to and surrounding some of the most momentous, dramatic legal trials in history. Now he returns with American Red, the story of one of the greatest domestic terrorists in American history, and the detectives, lawyers, spies, and lovers who brought him down.

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—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.


“Amazing Storytelling. A legal thriller that holds you till the last train out.”

—  Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Bosch series

“A cracking good tale! Part love story, part espionage thriller.”

—  Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“Vivid, well-researched, and told bare-knuckled across a tapestry that is both broad and nuanced…with characters who are outsized and real. A historical novel to get lost in.”

— Mark Sullivan, national bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

“A stellar historical legal thriller of intrigue, adventure, engaging characters, and a fascinating backdrop. A true gem of a story.”

—  Steve Berry, multiple New York Times bestselling author

“Much more than a novel about Gilded Age corruption, American Red is a rich, skillful page-turner.”

—  Andra Watkins, New York Times bestselling author

“A gripping story…unforgettable characters…fascinating.”

—  Adam Benforado, New York Times bestselling author

“An important story of intensity and emotional pull. Be prepared to be captured by this gifted storyteller.” 

—  Jeff Kamen, Emmy-winning NPR and NBC journalist and author


David: david [at] davidmarlett [dot] com

Film/Series Agent: Geoff Morley at United Talent Agency, at MorleyG [at] unitedtalent [dot] com

Publisher: Lou Aronica at lou.aronica [at] thestoryplant [dot] com


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David Marlett is an award-winning storyteller and writer of historical fiction, primarily historical legal thrillers bringing alive the fascinating people and events leading to major historical trials. His first such novel, Fortunate Son, became a national bestseller in 2014, rising to #2 in all historical fiction and #3 in all literature and fiction on Amazon. The late Vincent Bugliosi -- #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter -- said David is "a masterful writer of historical fact and detail, of adventure, peril and courtroom drama.” 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. He is currently writing his next historical legal thriller, Angeles Los, which continues some of the lead characters from American Red. Angeles Los is based on the true story at the 1910 intersection of the first movies made in Los Angeles, the murderous bombing of the Los Angeles Times, and eccentric Abbot Kinney's "Venice of America" kingdom. In addition, David is a professor at Pepperdine Law School, was the managing editor of OMNI Magazine, and guest-lectures on story design. He is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, the father of four, and lives in Manhattan Beach, California. For more, visit

For all film/series matters, David is represented by Geoff Morley at United Talent Agency who may be contacted at MorleyG [at] unitedtalent [dot] com

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