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An Actress... 

An Artist...

A U.S. President...

Three Epic Mysteries.

Three Groundbreaking Novels.

Each unveiling a labyrinth of mindboggling historical revelations within the framework of a fast-paced detective thriller. 

A whole new kind of historical mystery.

"Incorrigibly readable."


Time Magazine

You have reached the website of author and journalist William Arnold.
Its most prominent feature is the The Mystery of Auvers, a Van Gogh Portal supporting Arnold's novel Exile in the Light with a bonanza of supplementary material exploring the many incongruities of the artist's 1890 death. 
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The site also showcases Shadowland Revisited, a book-length dialogue tracing the extraordinary post-story of Shadowland, Arnold's 1978 classic about the politically motivated psychiatric commitment of the actress Frances Farmer. 
And the site offers A Tale of Two Presidents, the backstory of Empire of Eden, a soon-to-be- released sequel to Exile in the Light which takes its 1950s hero into a new decade and the puzzling 1923 death of President Warren G. Harding.
Arnold was, for more than thirty years, the daily film critic of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and from time to time the site will provide a sampling of his movie reviews, interviews and feature stories. 
He is also the author of China Gate, the bestselling Asian gangster saga of all time, and the site features the China Gate Gallery, a scrapbook tracing the novel's history.
William Arnold lives in Seattle with his wife, Katherine O'Neal, the USA Today bestselling author of twelve novels of historical romance.
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