Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

by Paul Collins
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Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins

The remarkable true story of a turn-of-the-19th century murder and the trial that ensued—a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was servedfrom bestselling author of the Edgar finalist, Murder of the Century.

In the closing days of 1799, the United States was still a young republic. Waging a fierce battle for its uncertain future were two political parties: the well-moneyed Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led by Aaron Burr. The two finest lawyers in New York, Burr and Hamilton were bitter rivals both in and out of the courtroom, and as the next election approached, their animosity reached a crescendo.

But everything changed when a young Quaker woman, Elma Sands, was found dead in Burr's newly constructed Manhattan Well. The horrific crime quickly gripped the nation, and before long accusations settled on one of Elma’s suitors: a handsome young carpenter named Levi Weeks. As the enraged city demanded a noose be draped around his neck, Week's only hope was to hire a legal dream team. And thus it was that New York’s most bitter political rivals and greatest attorneys did the unthinkable—they teamed up.

Our nation’s longest running cold case, Duel with the Devil delivers the first substantial break in the case in over 200 years. At once an absorbing legal thriller and an expertly crafted portrait of the United States in the time of the Founding Fathers, Duel with the Devil is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307956477
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 15,859
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Paul Collins is the author of nine books. A Professor and Chair of English at Portland State University, Collins is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the founding editor of the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney's Books. His work has appeared in Slate, New Scientist, and the New York Times, and he is regularly featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as their "literary detective."

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Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
maybemanicmaybe More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant true crime novel. It is less about the teaming up of lawyers Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr than it is about Elma Sands, the murdered girl found in the municipal city well, and her suspected killer, Levi Weeks. Nicely researched and fleshed out with documents of the time. Any fan of true crime will appreciate this work.
xanaduwongxu More than 1 year ago
This is such a well researched book on New York in 1800. It is filled with great detail including newspaper articles from the time. The author really did some digging around to get this information and he lays out a good case for who the real killer was. Duel with the Devil was a great find and I one I will keep on my shelf for others to read. 
brownsdownlow More than 1 year ago
I don’t know that “the mystery of Elma Sands finally comes to a close with this book.” It offers an interesting counterpoint and brings into focus who was more likely her killer, but let’s not threaten to hang that man either before he has a proper trial. The trial itself was not terribly interesting but the back story on Levi Weeks, accused murderer, and the young Elma was interesting. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A legal team almost more notorious than the pretrial publicity against the accused undertake his defense. Well researched, "Duel With the Devil" provides insight into the legal, political and social history of Manhattan at the dawn of 1800. Readers may require some patience for the more detailed sections of the back stories. However, the background is integral to understanding the complexity of this crime story.
villivodder More than 1 year ago
Exceptionally good book. This book will "take you there" during life and events in New York City, 1800. It is very well researched and written, a suspenseful courtroom drama with high profile and colorful characters. I have read 32 books so far this year (30 non-fiction), and would rate this one near or at the top.
gmalilac More than 1 year ago
The content was interesting enough to hold my attention, but I thought it was poorly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting telling of a murder trial with Hamilton and Burr as codefense council.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow beginning. Could never get into. After 50 pages I gave up.
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