The Blackest Bird by Joel Rose
A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York

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“Irresistibly seductive. ... Murder mystery, historical novel, portal to another time; The Blackest Bird is a masterpiece.”—Anthony Bourdain

In the sweltering summer of 1841, Mary Rogers, a popular tobacco shop counter girl, is found brutally murdered in the shallows of the Hudson River. John Colt, scion of the firearm fortune, beats his publisher to death with a hatchet. And young Irish gang leader Tommy Coleman is accused of killing his daughter, wife, and her former lover. Charged with solving it all is High Constable Jacob Hays, whose investigation will span a decade, involving gang wars, grave robbers, and clues hidden in poems by the hopeless romantic and minstrel of the night, Edgar Allan Poe.

About Joel Rose

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Joel Rose is the author of Kill the Poor, Kill Kill Faster Faster, and New York Sawed in Half. He founded the literary magazine Between C&D and lives in New York City and on the Jersey shore.
Published March 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 481 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two actual murders and a third fictional one collide with the dark world of Edgar Allen Poe in this uneven historical mystery by Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, 1997, etc.).

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New York City in the 1840s was an unruly place (well, when was it not?) but not so anarchic that the murder of Mary Rogers, 'The Beautiful Cigar Girl', did not cause a sensation.

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