About All Sins Remembered
San Francisco, 1949. The battered body of a lovely young socialite has been unearthed in a secret grave on Mt. Tamalpais. The crime is all the more shocking because the victim’s father, Paul Brady, is the most powerful Irish-American attorney in the city. When his son-in-law, a member of the equally powerful Italian-American Panforte family, is accused of the murder, the wheels are set in motion for one of the most gripping trials in the history of the city.
In All Sins Remembered, Phil Ryan brilliantly traces the immigrant history of San Francisco to bring a deeper understanding of the two prominent families that suddenly find themselves under criminal investigation. Going back in time to the events that shaped the city from its founding – including the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the formation of the Bank of America, and the birth of the San Francisco Opera Company – Ryan provides a fascinating historical backdrop to explain why the murder of Paula Brady Panforte might have been a tragically inevitable event.
The narrator of All Sins Remembered is Pat Kelley, the Chief Clerk of the Superior Court. Armed with the oral history of the Italian migration to San Francisco, which is detailed passionately within the story, it is Kelley who finally intuits the generational enmity that holds the key to Paula Panforte’s murder. This gripping multi-generational tale will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the final climactic Hitchcock-like ending.