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The rope : a true story of murder, heroism, and the dawn of the NAACP / Alex Tresniowski.

Tresniowski, Alex, (author.).



"From New York Times bestselling author Alex Tresniowski comes a page-turning, remarkable true-crime thriller recounting the 1910 murder of ten-year-old Marie Smith, the dawn of modern criminal detection and the launch of the NAACP. In the tranquil seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, ten-year-old schoolgirl Marie Smith is brutally murdered. Small town officials, unable to find the culprit, call upon the young manager of a New York detective agency for help. It is the detective's first murder case, and now, the specifics of the investigation and daring sting operation that caught the killer is captured in all its rich detail for the first time. Occurring exactly halfway between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the formal beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in 1954, the brutal murder and its highly-covered investigation sits at the historic intersection of sweeping national forces--religious extremism, class struggle, the infancy of criminal forensics, and America's Jim Crow racial violence. History and true crime collide in this sensational murder mystery featuring characters as complex and colorful as those found in the best psychological thrillers--the unconventional truth-seeking detective Ray Schindler; the sinister pedophile Frank Heidemann; the ambitious Asbury Park Sheriff Clarence Hetrick; the mysterious "sting artist," Carl Neumeister; the indomitable crusader Ida Wells; and the victim, Marie Smith, who represented all the innocent and vulnerable children living in turn-of-the-century America. Gripping and powerful, The Rope is an important piece of history that gives a voice to the voiceless and resurrects a long-forgotten true crime story that speaks to the very divisions tearing at the nation's fabric today"-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781982114022
  • ISBN: 1982114029
  • ISBN: 9781982114039
  • ISBN: 1982114037
  • Physical Description: xii, 322 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First 37 INK/Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : 37 INK, Simon & Schuster, 2021.

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note:
Black diamond -- The flower -- A new Eden -- Blood under a black skin -- The Wanamassa -- Burn scars -- 19 1/2 Atkins Avenue -- Came the men -- The cry of humanity -- Gather my race in my arms -- A Negro's crime -- The secret plan -- A guilty mind -- Grace Foster -- My besetting sin -- Turn our faces to the world -- A balance of goodness and evil -- The greenhouse -- What kind of fellow he was -- Afraid of what they might find -- The agonies of the damned -- Nobody seen me do it -- The watchtower -- Two coffins -- The hellhound -- The hands of parties unknown -- Frog James -- The rope -- Immoral thoughts and expressions -- Angels could do no more -- Rope and coal oil -- The premonition -- Once to every man and nation -- Still he lay in jail -- What was her name? -- On the square -- "It won't bring her back" -- The fortress -- The Lord has willed it so.
Subject: Murder > New Jersey > Asbury Park > History > 20th century.
Murder > Investigation > New Jersey > Asbury Park > History > 20th century.
Heroes > New Jersey > Asbury Park > History > 20th century.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Murder > Investigation.
New Jersey > Asbury Park.
Genre: History.

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