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Murder, He Wired

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Reviewed by Lauren Belfer
Washington Post Book World

"In July 1910, a sensational news story spread around the world: An American doctor wanted in London for the gruesome murder of his wife — she was poisoned, flayed, deboned and buried in the couple's basement — was fleeing justice on an ocean liner headed from Antwerp to Quebec City. He was accompanied by a young woman, his lover, who was disguised as a boy. Another ship, bearing the Scotland Yard inspector in charge of the case, gave chase. Through the new technology of wireless communication, which miraculously allowed ships at sea to communicate with one another and with people on land, newspapers far and wide breathlessly reported the chase as it happened. In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the story of the events leading to this moment...." Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.

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