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The Resource Killer Colt : murder, disgrace, and the making of an American legend, Harold Schechter

Killer Colt : murder, disgrace, and the making of an American legend, Harold Schechter

Label
Killer Colt : murder, disgrace, and the making of an American legend
Title
Killer Colt
Title remainder
murder, disgrace, and the making of an American legend
Statement of responsibility
Harold Schechter
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In September 1841, a grisly discovery is made aboard a merchant ship docked in lower Manhattan: Deep in the cargo hold, bound with rope and covered with savage head wounds, lies a man's naked corpse. While a murderer has taken pains to conceal his victim's identity, it takes little time to determine that the dead man is Samuel Adams, proprietor of a local printing firm. And in less time still, witnesses and a bloody trail of clues lead investigators to the doorstep of the enigmatic John Colt. The scion of a prosperous Connecticut family, Colt has defied his parents' efforts to mold him into a gentleman--preferring to flout authority and pursue excitement. Ironically, it is the ordered science of accountancy that for a time lends him respectability. But now John Colt's ghastly crime and the subsequent sensational murder trial bring infamy to his surname--even after it becomes synonymous with his visionary younger brother's groundbreaking invention. The embodiment of American success, Sam Colt has risen from poor huckster to industrious inventor. His greatest achievement, the revolver, will bring him untold millions even as it transforms the American West. In John's hour of need, Sam rushes to his brother's side--perhaps because of the secret they share. In Gilded Age New York, a city awash with treacherous schemers, lurid dime-museum curiosities, and the tawdry excesses of penny-press journalism, the Colt-Adams affair inspires tabloid headlines of startling and gruesome hyperbole, which in turn drive legions of thrill-seekers to John Colt's trial. The dramatic legal proceedings will fire the imagination of pioneering crime writer Edgar Allan Poe and fuel the righteous outrage of journalist Walt Whitman
Cataloging source
DLC
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Schechter, Harold
Dewey number
364.152/3092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6248.C646
LC item number
S34 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Colt, John Caldwell
  • Colt, Samuel
  • Murder
  • Inventors
Label
Killer Colt : murder, disgrace, and the making of an American legend, Harold Schechter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-371) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
New York City, friday afternoon, September 17, 1841 -- Frail blood -- Fortune's trail -- The sublime of horror -- The garb of justice -- The New York tragedy -- Legends
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition
Extent
381 pages
Isbn
9780345476814
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010016777
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn496956989
  • (OCoLC)496956989
Label
Killer Colt : murder, disgrace, and the making of an American legend, Harold Schechter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-371) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
New York City, friday afternoon, September 17, 1841 -- Frail blood -- Fortune's trail -- The sublime of horror -- The garb of justice -- The New York tragedy -- Legends
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition
Extent
381 pages
Isbn
9780345476814
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010016777
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn496956989
  • (OCoLC)496956989

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