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1919. A Mystery Story. Atherton, was an American Feminist and writer of social and historical fiction, much of it set in California. Although her reputation is founded primarily on her California fiction and essays, as well as her biography of Alexander Hamilton, Atherton also produced a number of Gothic stories, some of them, such as The Bell in the Fog, were considered significant achievements in the Gothic/supernaturalist tradition. The Avalanche begins: Price Ruyler knew that many secrets had been inhumed by the earthquake and fire of San Francisco and wondered if his wife''s had been one of them. After all, she had been born in this city of odd and whispered pasts, and there were moments when his silent mother-in-law suggested a past of her own. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.