American Red (Paperback)
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In his critically acclaimed debut novel, Fortunate Son, David Marlett introduced readers to a fresh take on historical fiction--the historical legal thriller--bringing alive the people and events leading to and surrounding some of the most momentous, dramatic legal trials in history. Now he returns with American Red, the story of one of the most deadly domestic terrorists in American history, and the detectives, lawyers, spies, and lovers who brought him down.When, at the dawn of the 20th century, the Idaho governor is assassinated, blame falls on "Big Bill" Haywood, the all-powerful, one-eyed boss of the Western Federation of Miners in Denver. Close by, his polio-crippled wife, Neva, struggles with her wavering faith, her love for another man, and her sister's affair with her husband.New technologies accelerate American life, but justice lags behind. Private detectives are mercenaries for wealthy capitalists, battling socialists and unions--doing whatever it takes to see Haywood hanged. The scene is set for bloodshed, from Denver to Boise, to San Francisco. America's most famous attorney, Clarence Darrow, leads the defense--a philandering U.S. senator leads the prosecution--and the press, spies, and gunhands pour in.Now, two idealists arise, Jack Garrett and Carla Capone--he a spy for the prosecution, she for the defense. Risking all, they discover truths about their employers, themselves, and each other; and what they'll sacrifice for the nation, for justice and honor--for love. Praise for David Marlett's first novel, FORTUNATE SON: "A masterful blend of historical fact and detail, of adventure and peril and courtroom drama. This rousing murder-mystery adventure that was the life of James Annesley and his battle to reclaim his stolen heritage in the precedent setting case of Annesley v Anglesea, also gives us the story of the first Kennedys in America." - Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter "David Marlett sets a wonderful historical novel against beautiful descriptions of Ireland in telling the story of a disputed earldom. Fortunate Son offers rich history, well developed characters, and a unique conclusion." - Christian Science Monitor "I'll be recommending this book far and wide to anyone who loves historical novels and characters who stay in the reader's mind long after the last page." - Views from the Countryside.
About the Author
David Marlett is an award-winning storyteller and writer of historical fiction, primarily historical legal thrillers bringing alive the fascinating people and events leading to major historical trials. His first such novel, Fortunate Son, became a critically acclaimed, national bestseller in 2014. The late Vincent Bugliosi (#1 New York Times best-selling author of Helter Skelter) said David is "a masterful writer of historical fact and detail, of adventure and peril and courtroom drama."