When the body of Elma Sands, a young, vibrant Quaker, is found in
the Manhattan Well, New Yorkers cry for blood. Levi Weeks, who boarded at
the same house as Elma, is immediately arrested after gossip says
he's the last person to see her alive. So, how did two of the young
Country's bitterest rivals end up defending Mr. Weeks? Politics and
money, of course; turns out both men owed Week's brother money for
building their homes. Paul Collins offers a fascinating look at this;
America's longest running cold case, including new
(credible) evidence into the murder. This book proves the old adage; the
more things change, the more they stay the same. A very fast paced and
engaging tale perfect for summer reading.
I found his writing a little murky especially the political parts but the trial was well written. I would rate it PG-13. Some violence and sexual references
This was another "Staff Pick" that I randomly checked out and read, and I'm glad that I did. This Portland State University author did an amazing job of sharing a historical crime story that can be best described as a "Law & Order" TV episode.
After reading the book’s full title: “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,” I was expecting a detective-type approach based on hunting for evidence, not a courtroom trial. It was still a good story—luckily there wasn’t much on the politics of the time—but I wouldn’t have chosen it if I knew what it was. Those interesting in judicial history or the political climate of a young America may enjoy this more.
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