Big trouble : a murder in a small western town sets off a struggle for the soul of America
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- ISBN: 9780684808581
- ISBN: 0684808587
875 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1997.
Contents / Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. -829) and index.
The magic city -- The sweatbox -- Imps of darkness -- The great detective -- Big Bill -- Viper, copperhead, and rattler -- The great defender -- The friends of Mr. Fillius -- Operative 21 -- Undesirable citizens -- Only a murder trial -- Quartet -- Gentlemen of the press -- A good hanging spoiled.
|Summary, etc.:||"Big Trouble is both a narrative of a sensational murder case and a social tapestry. It is richly peopled with vivid characters: Operative 21, Pinkerton's daring undercover agent who penetrated to the heart of Darrow's defense team; E. H. Harriman, the icy railroad magnate; William Howard Taft, the gargantuan secretary of war; Jacob Fillius, the Denver mining lawyer who secretly bankrolled the prosecution on behalf of Colorado's mine owners; Eugene Debs, the fiery Socialist leader; the fearsome gunslingers Charlie Siringo and Bob Meldrum." "At times the book seems like a nonfiction Ragtime, for some most unlikely figures found their way to the trial or its environs that summer: among them, Ethel Barrymore, the most glamorous young actress of her day; Walter Johnson, perhaps the greatest pitcher who ever threw a baseball; Hugo Munsterberg, director of the Harvard Psychology Laboratory; and Gifford Pinchot, the lanky chief forester of the United States and confidant of President Roosevelt."--BOOK JACKET.|