Duel with the Devil

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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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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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 30mm | 499.99g
  • 08 Jul 2013
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 0307956458
  • 9780307956453
  • 1,351,922

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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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"NPR's "literary detective" once again applies his skills as a historian to a now obscure crime that was a cause celebre in its day...Using the court transcript as a primary source, Collins makes the most of the inherent drama of the case, and goes one step further to unearth convincing proof of the identity of the real killer." "--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) ""This tautly constructed narrative, infused with period atmosphere, holds the reader's attention...Collins delivers fine true-crime verisimilitude." "--Booklist " "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, andd

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