Carter Beats the Devil by Glen Gold

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The response to Glen David Gold's debut novel, Carter Beats the Devil, was extraordinary. He hypnotized us with his portrait of a 1920s magic-obsessed America and of Charles Carter--a.k.a. Carter the Great--a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeded even that of the great Houdini. Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and exuberance of Roaring Twenties pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is a complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical and sometimes dangerous world, where illusion is everything.
 

About Glen Gold

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Glen David Gold received his MFA for creative writing at the University of California at Irvine and has written for newspapers, film, and television. He currently lives in Southern California.
 
Published December 1, 2001 by Hachette Books. 506 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Debut historical, based on the real life of magician Charles Carter, that manages to get several balls in the air at once, only to let them drop along the way.

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But at the heart and center of Gold's tale of intrigue, adventure, love and, of course, magic, is Charles Carter, a character based on the real-life magician Carter the Great, a fairly well-known practitioner of the craft during its golden age, from the 1890's to the 1920's.

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The Guardian

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Carter Beats the Devil Glen David Gold 563pp, Sceptre, £14.99 Here is a book - a first novel, no less - to blow you away.

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Book Reporter

Real-life arcane magic props and supplies really pay off in making the reader not only visualize Carter's stage show in vivid detail (according to Gold's notes, all of the magic described in the book was actually attempted by performers), but in transporting readers into the heart of another era.

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Reviewing the Evidence

When CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL begins, President Warren Harding, who attended Carter's performance the previous night, has died, and Carter has slipped away.

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People

Lasting fame may have eluded the real Carter the Great, but in Glen David Gold's transmogrification, the prewar illusionist is larger than life.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

After two weeks spent with Glen David Gold's 2001 novel Carter Beats the Devil (one of them putting it off, or slowly turning a page or two, then putting the book down in favor of something more exciting), I finished the book at 5:00 p.m. tonight, and then took a nap until 5:45 p.m. During that t...

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