Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins
The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

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Mr. Collins does a masterful job of presenting Burr and Hamilton...
-Washington Times

Synopsis

BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE EDGAR FINALIST, MURDER OF THE CENTURY

In the closing days of 1799, the United States was still a young republic. Waging a fierce battle for its uncertain future were two political parties: the well-moneyed Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led by Aaron Burr. The two finest lawyers in New York, Burr and Hamilton were bitter rivals both in and out of the courtroom, and as the next election approached, their animosity reached a crescendo. 
             
But everything changed when beautiful, young Elma Sands was found dead the Manhattan Well. The horrific crime quickly gripped the nation, and before long accusations settled on one of Elma’s suitors, handsome young carpenter Levi Weeks. As the enraged city demanded a noose be draped around the accused murderer’s neck, the only question seemed to be whether Levi would make it to trial or be lynched first. The young man’s only hope was to hire a legal dream team. And thus it was that New York’s most bitter political rivals and greatest attorneys did the unthinkable—they teamed up.

At once an absorbing legal thriller and an expertly crafted portrait of the United States in the time of the Founding Fathers, Duel with the Devil is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.

 

About Paul Collins

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PAUL COLLINS is the author of seven books, which have been translated into ten languages. His work has appeared in Slate, New Scientist, and the New York Times, and he is regularly featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as their "literary detective." He lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Crown. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Duel with the Devil
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 28 2013

...there’s too much extraneous information...A rousing tale of the longest murder trial to that date in Manhattan, and the author’s conjecture as to the true villain is spot-on—but he should have focused more on the trial.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 06 2016

Using the court transcript as a primary source, Collins makes the most of the inherent drama of the case, and goes one step further to unearth convincing proof of the identity of the real killer.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 15 2013

Using the court transcript as a primary source, Collins makes the most of the inherent drama of the case, and goes one step further to unearth convincing proof of the identity of the real killer.

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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 28 2013

...the author’s conjecture as to the true villain is spot-on—but he should have focused more on the trial.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Jul 11 2013

Mr. Collins does a masterful job of presenting Burr and Hamilton...

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Mark Schone on Jun 16 2013

Whatever our allegiances, though, we should resist the urge to march the evidence to left or right. In the end, the only surviving witness is the text, and sometimes the text is silent.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Schone on Jun 14 2013

In the end, though, the problem with Collins' take is not his search for a villain, but his need for a hero...Except in rare instances, they don't tell you which defense attorney is talking. Collins, a skilled entertainer, realizes that in his pop-history potboiler he can't lead his heroes onstage and leave them mute.

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