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Book Title: 31 Bond Street|
The size of the: 33.41 MB
Date of issue: March 30th 2010
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The author of the book: Ellen Horan
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Read full description of the books:31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan. US release March 30, 2010; UK release May 27, 2010. Based on a true story, mystery and intrigue in pre-Civil War New York The sensational murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in his lower Manhattan home made front-page news across the United States in 1857. "Who killed Dr. Burdell?" was a question that gripped the nation. 31 Bond Street, a debut novel by Ellen Horan, interweaves fiction with actual events in a clever historical narrative that blends romance, politics, greed and sexual intrigue in a suspenseful drama. The story opens when an errand boy discovers Burdell's body in the bedroom of his posh Bond Street home. The novel's central characters are Dr. Harvey Burdell, a dentist and unscrupulous businessman; his lover, the ambitious, Brooklyn-born Emma Cunningham; the District Attorney, Abraham Oakey Hall (later to become mayor of New York); and Henry Clinton, a prominent defense lawyer. The enigmatic relationship between Emma and Dr. Burdell makes her the prime suspect, and her trial is nothing less than sensational.
During the trial, the two lawyers fight for truth, justice and their careers. This novel is set against the background of bustling, corrupt New York City, just four years before the Civil War. The author intertwines two main narratives: the trial through the perspective of the defense attorney Henry Clinton, and the story of the lovely young widow Emma Cunningham whose search for a husband brings her into the arms and home of Dr. Burdell.
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It’s not easy to breathe life into real-life characters, especially when quoting their words extensively from reported sources, but Cunningham and Clinton live on the page as freshly as if they had stepped, newly minted, from Horan’s vivid imagination.” —Washington Post
“This is a gripping, elegantly written, and brilliantly researched legal thriller, but it is more than that: 31 Bond Street illuminates a critical period of our history with sharp insights into sex, class, and politics. Don’t miss it.” —Joe Conason, New York Times bestselling author of
The Hunting of the President and Big Lies
“31 Bond Street works as both historical ﬁction and courtroom drama. Add in the actuality of the event, and you have a trifecta
of a historical crime story in the hands of a skilled writer.” —San Francisco Book Review
Ellen Horan was raised in Philadelphia and New York. After her undergraduate degree, where she studied painting and history, she lived in France for a year while working as an au pair and studying studio art. She remained abroad for a second year after obtaining a grant to live and paint in the South of France.
She returned to New York City and worked for photographers and photo agencies. She maintained an art studio while continuing to work freelance as a photo editor for magazines and books. She has worked on staff and in a freelance capacity for many publications, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, House & Garden, Forbes, and ARTnews, as well as for book publishers.
After marrying and becoming the mother of an adopted daughter, she turned her attention to writing, She continues to live in downtown Manhattan, the setting of her first novel, 31 Bond Street.
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