New York, 1888, a gilded age when science has become the new deity and the scene for an outstanding gem of an historical thriller by the author of THE HOLMES AFFAIR and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning THE IMITATION GAME. Based on true events and people, the storyline follows the rivalries, almost wars, between the various parties who wished to bring electricity to the masses and the cities: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse foremost, who plan to light up the continent from coast to coast and, in the process, make untold fortunes. Add a sprinkle of fascinating misfits including the charismatic inventor Nikola Tesla and the manipulative but beautiful opera singer Grace Huntington and you have a recipe for a rip-roaring adventure of a thriller with wit, beauty and sparkle and the dazzling portrait of a forgotten world brought to life in splendid fashion. Narrated by fictional tyro lawyer Paul Cravath who takes on a seemingly impossible case, this tale about what was essentially the invention of a light bulb is both illuminating and a must-read. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
From the winner of the Oscar for the Best Screenplay for The Imitation Game in 2015 comes a superb historical legal thriller based on the famous 'War of the Currents' fought between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. *Soon to be a major film starring Eddie Redmayne* The man who controls electricity will control the very sun in the sky...It is 1888 and, with gas lamps still flickering in the streets of New York, a young lawyer takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul Cravath's client is George Westinghuose, who is being sued by his wily rival, Thomas Edison, for $1 billion as they compete to power the city by electricity. In his obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul takes ever greater risks to win at all costs. But soon he will find that everyone in his path is playing their own game.
'A web of deception and industrial espionage'
The Sunday Times on The Last Days of Night
'Reads like a modern thriller'
Saga on The Last Days of Night
Daily Express on The Last Days of Night
'This is John Grisham meets Edith Wharton, as all the great and good of 19th-century New York slug it out in court'
The Times on The Last Days of Night
'One theme, of course, is the exhilaration that arises from connecting science to invention. I found that theme played out, in a manner that was resonant for our own times, in Graham Moore's historical novel The Last Days of Night'
Walter Isaacson, author of 'Steve Jobs' and 'Einstein''
Publication date: 29/06/2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 22/09/2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||29th June 2017|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Graham Moore is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for The Imitation Game won the Oscar in 2015. His first novel, The Sherlockian, was published in 16 countries and translated into 13 languages. Graham was born in Chicago and now lives in Los Angeles.More About Graham Moore