American Red

American Red

4.29 (65 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.29 (65 ratings by Goodreads)

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In his accomplished debut novel, Fortunate Son, David Marlett introduced readers to a fresh take on historical fiction, built around the transcripts of one of the most momentous legal trials in history. Now he returns with a dramatic new story and an equally dramatic trial.

In 1907, deadly, one-eyed union boss "Big Bill" Haywood was accused of ordering the successful assassination-by-bombing of the governor of Idaho the first such assassination in American history. The trial, with Haywood represented by a young Clarence Darrow, was front-page news from coast to coast and across the globe. As it played out, it would present in vivid detail America's doomed thrust toward radical socialism, a "red" revolution that was gaining traction in Russia and other parts of the world.

American Red brings the story of the events leading up to this trial and the trial itself to dramatic life. It is a sweeping tale of murder, adultery, corruption, mountain Mafia, the Pinkertons, domestic terrorism, government-sanctioned kidnapping, the last gunslingers, mining unions, and perhaps the greatest train race ever. It is both breathless entertainment and an unforgettable portrait of a younger America at the precipice of great change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 38.1mm | 703.07g
  • Stamford, United States
  • English
  • 1611881781
  • 9781611881783

Review quote

"In American Red, David Marlett expertly creates a time and place so real that you can't help but be taken in and enthralled by this most American of stories: the legal thriller. Add in the politics and the people -- a deeply drawn cast of characters from lawmen to lawyers -- and you have a page turner that holds you until the last train out. It's amazing storytelling."--Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
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About David Marlett

David Marlett is an award-winning storyteller and bestselling author. In 2014, his first historical legal thriller, Fortunate Son, was well reviewed and rose to #2 in historical fiction and #3 in literature and fiction in Amazon's rankings. In addition, David is a professor at Pepperdine Law School, has been published in a number of magazines, was Managing Editor of OMNI Magazine, and regularly guest-lectures on story design. He is the father of four, a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, and currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California.
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4.29 out of 5 stars
- 65 ratings
5 58% (38)
4 20% (13)
3 15% (10)
2 5% (3)
1 2% (1)
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