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Carter Beats the Devil

by Glen David Gold
£8.99   paperback  Hodder & Stoughton (2002)

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold They shook hands yet again, and Houdini settled into the cab. As it pulled away from the curb, Carter waved, and Houdini rolled the window down, yelling 'And remember - from now on, you're Carter the Great'.
 
At the birth of the Jazz Age in San Francisco, Carter walks onto the stage for the most daring performance of his life. Two hours later, President Harding is dead. So begins a mystery, a love story, and a fight against loneliness, set during a period of enormous change.

"Wholly original...Gold's real aim is to recapture the lost era of the great illusionists and escapologists... and his plot - garish, crude, infernally clever - is precisely honed to the task: it is a triumph of misdirection, a nest of boxes constantly springing fresh surprises."
(Peter Preston, Guardian)
"A fire-breathing, lion-taming celebration of the golden age of magic... Stupendous yet warm, wonderfully detailed and true to life, Gold conjures the mystery, romance and exuberence of a time before televised entertainment with a verve worthy of any virtuoso performer."
(Observer)

ISBN 13: 9780340794999 | ISBN 10: 0340794992