Satans Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption and New York's Trial of the Century

Satans Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption and New York's Trial of the Century


By (author) Mike Dash

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 45mm | 336g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847080642
  • ISBN 13: 9781847080646
  • Sales rank: 845,197

Product description

In "Satan's Circus" Mike Dash vividly opens up the world of 20th century New York, and tells the gripping story of Charley Becker's rise and fall, and the sensational murder trials that led to his gruesome death in the electric chair. With a cast of colourful characters, from Big Tim Sullivan, the election-rigging vice lord, to future President Theodore Roosevelt and beloved gangster Jack Zelig, "Satan's Circus" brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham - a raucous, gaudy and utterly corrupt city.

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Author information

Mike Dash is the author of five books, including the bestsellers Tulipomania and Batavia's Graveyard and the recent Thug, also published by Granta. A Cambridge educated historian, he lives in London.

Review quote

'Book of the week... With an eye for crime-world factoids and period detail, Dash introduces us to prostitutes and underbelly dwellers with monikers like Kid Twist"... people looking for a walk on the grimy side of prewar New York are in for a treat.' - Time Out New York "If the story that Mike Dash tells in Satan's Circus sometimes seems like a chapter from Gangs of New York, that's because it is ... This is a true-crime thriller - but it is also a portrait of the end of an era' The Telegraph ' ****_ Satan's Circus is a thrilling, atmospheric story peopled with outlandish characters, but it also conveys a profound understanding of how New York's criminals, policemen and politicians conspired on a systematic basis' - Sunday Express