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The Blackest Bird A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York (Paperback)

Author:  Joel Rose
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393330613
ISBN-13: 9780393330618
Sku: 204683489
Publish Date: 3/1/2008
Pages:  479
Age Range:  NA
Irresistibly seductive. ... Murder mystery, historical novel, portal to another time; The Blackest Bird is a masterpiece. Anthony Bourdain
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During the summer of 1841, High Constable John Hays, New York City's first detective, finds himself investigating a series of brutal crimes, including the rape and murder of Mary Rogers, a young clerk at a Manhattan tobacco shop; the bludgeoning death of his publisher by John Colt, heir to the firearms fortune; and Irish gang leader Tommy Coleman, accused of killing his daughter, wife, and his wife's former lover. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.In the sweltering summer of 1841, Mary Rogers, a popular tobacco shop counter girl, is found brutally murdered in the shallows of the Hudson River. John Colt, scion of the firearm fortune, beats his publisher to death with a hatchet. And young Irish gang leader Tommy Coleman is accused of killing his daughter, wife, and her former lover. Charged with solving it all is High Constable Jacob Hays, whose investigation will span a decade, involving gang wars, grave robbers, and clues hidden in poems by the hopeless romantic and minstrel of the night, Edgar Allan Poe.
THE BLACKEST BIRD is inspired by a real-life unsolved mystery from 19th-century New York. The victim is Mary Rogers, an alluring young woman, who worked as a clerk in a tobacco shop frequented by literary luminaries such as James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, and Edgar Allen Poe. When her mutilated corpse is discovered, the investigator becomes particularly suspicious of the notoriously macabre Poe.

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