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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars (Paperback)

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    PAUL COLLINS is the author of seven books, which have been translated into ten languages. His work has appeared inSlate, New Scientist, and the New York Times, and he is regularly featured on NPR’sWeekend Edition as their “literary detective.” He lives in Portland, Oregon.
    “No writer better articulates ourinterest in the confluence of hope, eccentricity, and the timelessness of the bold and strange than Paul Collins.”—DAVE EGGERS

    On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects.

    The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives
    headlong into the era’s most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio—a hard-luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor—all raced to solve the crime.

    What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim whom the police couldn’t identify with certainty, and who the defense claimed wasn’t even dead.The Murder of the Century is a rollicking tale—a rich evocation of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re-creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.

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    ISBN 9780307592217
    Genre TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
    Format Paperback
    Pages 325
    Publisher Date 2012-04-24 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Broadway Books
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.1 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.5 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Collins, Paul
    Country of Origin United States

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