Satan's Circus

Murder, Vice, Police Corruption And New York's Trial Of The Century

Mike Dash

Published: 1 January 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 464 pages
ISBN: 9781847080646


Mike Dash is a master of atmospheric and entertaining historical narrative. In Satan's Circus he vividly opens up the world of twentieth-century New York, telling the gripping story of police officer Charley Becker's rise and fall and of the sensational murder trials that led to his gruesome death in the electric chair. With a cast of colourful characters, from Big Tim Sullivan, the election-rigging vice lord, to future President Theodore Roosevelt and beloved gangster Jack Zelig, Satan's Circus brings to life an almost forgotten Gotham - a raucous, gaudy and utterly corrupt city.

About the author

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Mike Dash is the author of several books, including the best-sellers Tulipomania, Batavia's Graveyard, Thug and The Family First. Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption and New York's Trial of the Century was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for History. A Cambridge-educated historian, Dash lives in London. More about the author

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