9780061773976

31 Bond Street: A Novel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780061773976

  • ISBN10:

    0061773972

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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Summary

Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell?

Though there are no witnesses and no clues, fingers point to Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdellís house and his servants.

Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on the doctorís name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrest during a murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapult flamboyant district attorney Abraham Oakey Hall into the mayorís seat. But one formidable obstacle stands in his way: the defense attorney Henry Clinton. Committed to justice and the law, Clinton will aid the vulnerable widow in her desperate fight to save herself from the gallows.

Set in 1857 New York, this gripping mystery is also a richly detailed excavation of a lost age. Horan vividly re-creates a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, corruption, racial conflict, economic inequality between men and women, and the erosion of the old codes of behavior. A tale of murder, sex, greed, and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports readers to a time that eerily echoes our own.

The sensational murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in his lower Manhattan townhouse was the biggest news story in the U.S. before the Civil War. Deftly interweaving fiction and fact, "31 Bond Street" is a clever historical narrative that blends romance, politics, and intrigue.

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This is a marvelous book August 1, 2011
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This was a great textbook! I was drawn into it from the very beginning. The details were great and the author did a good job of keeping the reader interested. I love true crime and also fiction like this textbook which is based on a factual case. Crime going back to the 1800's is interesting in itself. I would totally recommend this textbook to anyone who wants a great read!!!!
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