JAKE & CLARA is based on a true story about scandal, politics, Hollywood—and murder—from the dawn of the Jazz Age. When Warren Harding won the White House in 1920, his campaign received millions from Jake Hamon—“The Oil King of Oklahoma." Harding planned to make Jake the most powerful businessman in America. But Mrs. Harding (some called her "The Duchess") had one condition—Hamon, a married man, had to end his affair with his long-time mistress, a girl named Clara.
Jake and Clara had been together for ten years, since she was seventeen and he was thirty-seven. But Jake coveted the powerful Washington job, and he dumped Clara a couple of weeks after Harding was elected.
A few days later, Clara shot Jake.
By the time Jake died, Clara was in the wind. A headline-grabbing national search was conducted for the beautiful fugitive. Clara “sightings” were reported far and wide. A pair of colorful lawmen found Clara in an unlikely hiding place and brought her back to Ardmore, Oklahoma to face the charge of first-degree murder. What followed was one of the most sensational murder trials of the era. A “dream team” of powerful lawyers surrounded Clara in the courtroom. Soon Hollywood came calling, wanting to put Clara’s story on the big screen…starring Clara as herself.
|Publisher:||Critical Mass Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)|
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Jake & Clara is based on a true story. It has all the elements that are guaranteed to keep the reader riveted to their story .... scandal, politics, corruption, sex, murder. Jake Hamon was a rich and powerful man in Oklahoma who deposited millions of dollars in Warren Hardings coffers when he was elected president. Harding was set to make Jake even more powerful than he already was. But there was a glitch ... Mrs. Harding, who was extremely straight-laced, let it be known that the much-married Jake would have to dump his then mistress, Clara. Jake loved Clara, but he loved money and power and prestige more. He dumped her and moved on. Clara was a tad upset ... a few days later she shot and killed Jake... and then ran for her life. A national hunt for the murderess ensued ... which finally located her and brought her back to face the music. From the Book: "What followed was one of the most sensational murder trials of the era. A “dream team” of powerful lawyers surrounded Clara in the courtroom. Soon Hollywood came calling, wanting to put Clara’s story on the big screen...…starring Clara as herself. What a terrific book ... a great story .... a wonderful look at life in the 20s. In today's world, this wouldn't even make it to Page One. Jake and Clara were a great love story ... until his greed took over their lives ..and his death. Their story was extremely well written .. bringing to life the era of the 1920s. Once started, I absolutely could not put it down. Highly recommend this one to anyone who likes true crime or likes to read about the world before we got here. Many heartfelt thanks to the author and Wordslinger Publicity who furnished an ARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.