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Satan's Circus
By Mike Dash

Satan's Circus

Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century

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Satan's Circus by Mike Dash

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They called it Satan s Circus a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was a place where everyone from the chorus girls to the beat cops was on the take and where bad boys became wicked men; a place where an upstanding young policeman such as Charley Becker could become the crookedest cop who ever stood behind a shield. Murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan s Circus were surprised. The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York s vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan s underworld? With appearances by the legendary and the notorious including Big Tim Sullivan, the election-rigging vice lord of Tammany Hall; future president Theodore Roosevelt; beloved gangster Jack Zelig; and the newly famous author Stephen Crane "Satan s Circus" brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker s rise and fall, the book tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him, and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the electric chair. "From the Hardcover edition.""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400054725
ISBN-10: 1400054729
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 132mm x 25mm)
Pages: 449
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Mike Dash

Tulipomania by Mike Dash Tulipomania, Paperback (April 2010)

'A fascinating exploration of human greed and self-delusion and also a tribute to our ageless search for beauty' DEBORAH MOGGACH.

First Family by Mike Dash First Family, Paperback (March 2010)

An exciting new history of the Mafia's rise in early 20th-century New York and how the forgotten Morello gang became the New World's first godfathers

Satans Circus by Mike Dash Satans Circus, Paperback (January 2009)

Tells the gripping story of Charley Becker's rise and fall, and the murder trials that led to his gruesome death in the electric chair.

Batavia's Graveyard by Mike Dash Batavia's Graveyard, Paperback (April 2003)

The true story of the mad heretic who led history's bloodiest mutiny - 'An adult version of LORD OF THE FLIES that is, moreover, entirely true' Evening Standard

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Author Biography - Mike Dash

Mike Dash is the" New York Times" bestselling author of" Tulipomania" and "Batavia s Graveyard." He read history at the University of Cambridge and worked for some years as a magazine publisher before becoming a full-time writer. Dash lives with his wife and daughter in London, where he researches in the British Library and writes regularly for the English national press "From the Hardcover edition.""

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