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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,094 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Collins Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: there were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era’s most perplexing murder. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Re-creations of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio—an anxious cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor—all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim that the police couldn’t identify with certainty, and that the defense claimed wasn’t even dead.

The Murder of the Century is a rollicking tale—a rich evocation of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re-creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting…Collins has mined enough newspaper clippings and other archives to artfully recreate the era, the crime, and the newspaper wars it touched off.”

    New York Times

  • “[Collins’] exploration of the newspaper world, at the very moment when tabloid values were being born, is revealing but also enormously entertaining…Collins has a clear eye, a good sense of telling detail, and a fine narrative ability.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] richly detailed book that reads like a novel and yet maintains a strict fidelity to facts. The Murder of the Century isn’t a case of history with a moral. It’s simply a fantastic factual yarn, and a reminder that abhorrent violence is nothing new under the sun.”

    Oregonian (Portland, OR)

  • “An in-depth account of the exponential growth of lurid news and the public’s (continuing) insatiable appetite for it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wonderfully rich in period detail, salacious facts about the case, and infectious wonder at the chutzpah and inventiveness displayed by Pulitzer’s and Hearst’s minions. Both a gripping true-crime narrative and an astonishing portrait of fin de siècle yellow journalism.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gary Gray | 2/18/2014

    " Another murder mystery in the vein of Erik Larson's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joel Michaelis | 2/15/2014

    " A quick and interesting read, but not a lot of meat on the bone. Not nearly the depth of something like Devil in the White City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Valentin | 2/4/2014

    " Well done research but author is limiting himself to yellow-press journalism, he missed the opportunity to go deeper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Spence | 2/3/2014

    " What a great book! Crazy to see how things were done back then in regards to investigations and such. Great read for those who like non-fiction and a good story. "

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