Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery


By (author) Paul Collins

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  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 30mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 8 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307956458
  • ISBN 13: 9780307956453
  • Sales rank: 1,294,234

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The true story of a sensational murder mystery in the early days of the United States - one that shocked the young nation and inspired bitter rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to join forces in the pursuit of justice. In 1799, the two finest lawyers in New York were rivals both in and out of the courtroom and as the next election approached, their animosity reached a fever pitch - until, that is, a beautiful young woman was found floating in Burr's newly constructed Manhattan Well.

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Author information

PAUL COLLINS is the author of eight books. An assistant professor of English in the MFA program at Portland State University, Collins is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the founding editor of the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney's Books. His work has appeared in Slate, New Scientist, and the New York Times, and he is regularly featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as their "literary detective."

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"The author's New York is a fascinating place [and] once the trial begins, the narrative truly takes off, as Collins reveals the immense talents of the three attorneys...A rousing tale of the longest murder trial to that date in Manhattan...the author's conjecture as to the true villain is spot-on." --"Kirkus Reviews " ""Duel with the Devil" begins as a wonderfully creepy historical murder mystery and becomes a riveting story of two acclaimed lawyers battling for justice in an unsympathetic courtroom. But, in the talented hands of author Paul Collins, it also becomes something more - a startlingly insightful look at early American history and the men who helped shape a young country. The book delivers on so many levelsthat you'll find yourself, as I did, reading it more than once." --Deborah Blum, author of "The Poisoner's Handbook" "Murder and the Birth""of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" "A nimble and vividly evocative reconstruction of a long-forgotten New York murder mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters."Duel with the Devil "is a fascinating book that unfolds like an early-American episode of "Law & Order," with Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr as the celebrity guest stars." --Gary Krist, author of "City of Scoundrels" Praise for THE MURDER OF THE CENTURY "Revealing but also enormously entertaining...Collins has a clear eye, a good sense of telling detail, and a fine narrative ability."--Wall Street Journal "Collins has mined enough newspaper clippings and other archives to artfully re-create the era, the crime, and the newspaper wars it touched off....A riveting account." --New York Times Collins...brings considerable talent to the project. He has an eye for the wacky relics of the era....In the end, Collins has crafted a book that won't disappoint readers in search of a book like Erik Larson's DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY. THE MURDER OF THE CENTURY is entertaining. -- Washington Post "S