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JAKE & CLARA is a true story from the dawn of the Jazz Age about scandal, politics, Hollywood--and murder. 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--JAKE & CLARA is a true story from the dawn of the Jazz Age about scandal, politics, Hollywood--and murder. 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--the 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....

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  • Linda Strong
    2018-10-28 17:56

    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 Harding's 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.

  • Rebecca McPhedran
    2018-10-25 11:05

    The story of Jake and Clara is a juicy one. Jake, a married oil tycoon, woos young Clara into a relationship. His megalomania is out of control. He wheedled his way into Warren Hardings pocket, and dreamed of living in the White House. His relationship with Clara stands in the way. Enter murder, newspapers, national headlines, scandal, and Hollywood. A crazy story that would only happen in America. I liked it, I stuck with it till the end. Too bad there isn't a non fiction account, historical fiction will have to do. Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced readers copy!

  • Don Gorman
    2018-11-13 10:56

    (1 1/2). Historical fiction? More like historical dysfunction. Based on a true story, this one reads like an overly long, blue movie episode of Hart to Hart or one of those 80's TV shows. Politics, romance, big money, bad morals, lots of lying and even more whiskey; all during prohibition. Oklahoma is the base but this one is all over the map. Easy to read, but very unimpressive.

  • Sandra Burns
    2018-11-06 17:37

    AWesome!!Although fiction, based on true accounts. I knew about Fatty and the rape scandal. Never heard of Clara and Jake. Really interesting. Enjoyed immensely!!

  • Daniel
    2018-10-15 16:44

    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5Jake Hamon was known as “The Oil King of Oklahoma" and like a lot of very wealthy men, even today, got very involved with politics. Hamon supported Warren Harding for the presidency and in turn, Hamon hoped for a cabinet post. But Hamon, also like a lot of wealthy men, even today, also dabbled with affairs of the heart. Despite being married, Hamon traveled with his mistress, Clara (who was legally named Hamon in order to travel without suspicion.But Mrs. Harding was a morally straight woman and insisted that Hamon dump his mistress and be seen with his wife if he wanted access to the White House. And while Hamon's ambition didn't even have him waver, Clara didn't take too kindly to being tossed aside and took matters into her own hands (by way of a pistol).Clara goes on the run and ultimately faces a trial and then even makes movies, hoping to capture an audience based on her infamy.This book is "historical fiction" meaning that it's all based on fact but the day-to-day detail and the dialog is made up (though with the intentions of capturing what the characters might realistically have said). Historical fiction is fun to play with if you're an author, because you don't really have to be true - you just have to root it in fact.Author David R. Stokes has picked a great story - it has all the ingredients of a romantic/mystery/thriller. And indeed it is pretty much a pot-boiler.Stokes has clearly done a good deal of research, and for the most part his real-life characters act in a manner that we might expect. But Stokes' writing is a little simple. He often falls in to 'telling' rather than 'showing':Jake felt bad. He knew he was lying to her. But he kept telling himself that there was no reason for drastic action with Clara unless and until the senator from Ohio was, in fact, elected. For now, he just planned to play it safe, even if that meant stringing poor Clara along.And other than telling the grand biography(ies) as fiction, there isn't a very solid through-line. Is this Clara's story? Jake's? They're both in the title, but without a storyteller's focus, we're left with a fictionalized historical account when it could be so very much more and could be tremendously exciting.Thumbs up for bringing the story to us, but thumbs down for lack of stronger storytelling.Looking for a good book? Jake & Clara: Scandal, Politics, Hollywood and Murder by David R. Stokes could be a really exciting knock-out read, based on a true account of some once-famous people, but the writing doesn't quite grab the reader the way it should.I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Diane Moyle
    2018-10-20 18:03

    Wow!! What a fantastic novel. This is the story of Jake Hamon and his longtime mistress Clara Smith Hamon. Clara was a young girl of 17, working as a clerk in a store when Jake, the older, sophisticated oil man strolled in. Immediately sparks flew and she quickly became his lover and mistress and would continue so for the next 10 years. Everyone in the town of Ardmore, Oklahoma was aware of this situation, even Georgia Harmon, Jake’s wife but all chose to turn a blind eye. Then Jake rose in the Republican political party and was offered a chance to become the Secretary of Interior under President Warren G. Harding on one condition, Clara had to go. Clara took matters into her own hands and things turned very ugly.I loved this author’s writing style. The tale was conveyed like he was telling a good legend around a camp fire. Although the subject was dark, he kept your interest by giving the pertinent facts and not boring you with unnecessary details. Because of his approach, I felt like I was part of the story and could visualize it all. Mr. Stokes is definitely added to my favorite author’s list.I highly recommend this book!! Again, it has to be labeled as historical fiction since the personal conversations between all the characters were not documented and had to be envisioned but I researched the story after and the basic facts are correct. I love history when it is presented this way, it compels you to read and learn more!!

  • E Vikander
    2018-11-09 16:54

    At its core, Jake & Clara is the true story of the murder of Jack Hamon, a powerful oil man and politician with ties to the Harding administration. This book tells the story with embellishments, which makes it more of a historical fiction. However, those embellishments included dialogue that at times was distractingly shallow with a tone that was almost bubbly. The author provides just enough context to anchor the story, but not enough to bore the reader. The celebrity name-dropping—Dashiell Hammett, Fatty Arbuckle, Jack Dempsey, Lillie Langtry—helped place the story in time and added to its glamour. As the precursor to many public scandals that would follow, this is a story that is well worth telling and in David Stokes hands it is a page-turner.

  • Cat
    2018-10-15 10:48

    This is a novelization of a true crime that took place in the early 20th century. There’s the runaway romance, the “other” woman, love, lies and scandal. It would have been enjoyable if it hadn’t been true, but the truth always hurts those caught in the middle. It’s a quick read about a little known crime, but crime it was! Stokes fills in the missing gaps with plausible conversations and missed connections. Who can be trusted? Who is working the system? And was justice served? Overall, an enjoyable and quick read with a taste of the innocence of the day. An advanced copy of this book was provided for an honest review.

  • Lesley
    2018-10-15 15:57

    I enjoyed this book, but thought the Shooting Salvationist one was better. This book is about a big Oklahoma oilman, Jake Hamon and his mistress, Clara. The standard love triangle turns deadly and Clara is tried for murder. The story of their stormy relationship is the first part then Clara's fugitive run and the trial round out the tale. The author does a good job of tracing Clara's run from justice and also giving the reader an inside look at law enforcement and newspaper journalism at this time.

  • Ilene
    2018-11-15 14:57

    An interesting story that has a little bit of everything. Politics, murder, scandal, sex and mystery. Writing and plot was good. Definitely made you feel like you were there with the characters. Stories about old Hollywood is a fun escape and this one is definitely one of those.I received a free copy for an honest review.

  • Gail O'Connor
    2018-11-14 12:58

    Never loses the readers' attention. Such a sad part of historyKeeps you interested right to the end,

  • Debbie Ladd
    2018-11-14 17:38

    Reviews were intriguing, but the book didn't live up to my expectations. I learned a bit about the time period, but wish there had been more descriptive writing. It was just dialogue.