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It is 1876, and San Francisco, the freewheeling "Paris of the
West," is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a
smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young
woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.
The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French
burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, Blanche will risk
everything to bring Jenny''s murderer to justice-if he doesn''t
track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together
is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant
millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It''s
the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks
the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as
the frogs she hunts.
In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a
long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated
across the world, Emma Donoghue''s lyrical tale of love and
bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boom town like no
other. Like much of Donoghue''s acclaimed fiction, this
larger-than-life story is based on real people and documents. Her
prodigious gift for lighting up forgotten corners of history is on
full display once again in this unforgettable novel.