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The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower

The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower

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The Beautiful Cigar Girl:  Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower is a 326-page hardcover published in 2006 by Dutton.  The dust jacket and book are in very good original condition.

Book Summary

On July 28th, 1841, The Battered body of a young woman was found floating in the Hudson River. It was soon discovered to be the lovely Mary Rogers, a 20 year old cigar salesgirl who had gone missing three days earlier. By nightfall news of the girl's death had spread and sent Manhattan into a spasm of horror and outrage.

In the months that followed, the grisly details of the murder pushed American journalism in the previously imagined realms of lurid sensationalism. But despite media pressure, New York City's unregulated, disjointed police force proved unable to mount an effective investigation, and the crime remained unsolved.

A year after Mary Rogers was murdered, as public interest in the case began to wane, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case. At the time of the murder, thirty-one-year-old Poe had recently published his groundbreaking detective story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." A year later, however, his fortunes had taken a downward turn.  Desperate for success, Poe sent his famous detective, C. Auguste Dupin, on the case of a lifetime to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in "The Mystery of Marie Roget."

In The Beautiful Cigar Girl, Edgar award-winning author Daniel Stashower deftly captures the drama and mystery of New York in the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating the spellbinding crime that transformed a city.

ISBN: 978-0-525-94981-7

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