Pub Date 02 Jul 2019
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The men and women of AMERICAN RED are among the most fascinating in American history. When, at the dawn of the 20th century, the Idaho governor is assassinated, blame falls on “Big Bill” Haywood, the all-powerful, one-eyed boss of the Western Federation of Miners in Denver. Close by, his polio-crippled wife, Neva, struggles with her wavering faith, her love for another man, and her sister’s affair with her husband.
New technologies accelerate American life, but justice lags behind. Private detectives, battling socialists and unions on behalf of wealthy capitalists, will do whatever it takes to see Haywood hanged. The scene is set for bloodshed, from Denver to Boise, to San Francisco. America’s most famous attorney, Clarence Darrow, leads the defense—a philandering U.S. senator leads the prosecution—while the press, gunhands, and spies pour in.
Among them are two idealists, Jack Garrett and Carla Capone—he a spy for the prosecution, she for the defense. Risking all, they discover truths about their employers, about themselves and each other, and what they’ll sacrifice for justice and honor—and for love.
"In AMERICAN RED, David Marlett expertly creates a time and place so real that you can't help but be taken in and enthralled by this most American of stories: the legal thriller. Add in the politics and the people ― a deeply drawn cast of characters from lawmen to lawyers ― and you have a page turner that holds you until the last train out. It's amazing storytelling." – Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"A cracking good tale! Part love story, part espionage thriller." –Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN
"A stellar historical legal thriller of intrigue, adventure, engaging characters, and a fascinating backdrop. A true gem of a story." – Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
"A gripping story . . . unforgettable characters . . . fascinating." – Adam Benforado, New York Times bestselling author
"Vivid, well-researched, and told bare-knuckled, across a tapestry that is both broad and nuanced . . . with characters who are outsized and real. A historical novel to get lost in." – Mark Sullivan, International bestselling author of BENEATH A SCARLET SKY