In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.
"Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
In the closing days of 1799, the United States was still a young republic, its uncertain future contested by the two major political parties of the day: the well-moneyed Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led by Aaron Burr. The two finest lawyers in New York, Burr and Hamilton were bitter rivals both in and out of the courtroom, and as the next election approached - with Manhattan likely to be the swing district on which the presidency would hinge - their animosity reached a fever pitch.
"Fascinating Back Story of VP Burr and A. Hamilton"
A view into the tumultuous and creative life of Edgar Allan Poe. Today the name Edgar Allan Poe invokes a tragic genius whose mastery of horror seems inexorably tied to his tormented life. But in his own time, Poe was above all a craftsman-an editor and reviewer desperately trying to earn a living by transmuting the wild ephemera of early Victorianism into innovations in science fiction, horror, and detective literature.
"TheFever Called Living"
Yukin and his mate, Yulen, flee their campsite when Akcarum slave-traders attack. Unable to escape the Akcarum hunter birds, they are caught and transported to Quentaris. On their journey through the rift caves, Yukin discovers a power that taps into the senses of insects and animals. But can it save them in time?
Rad de La'rel is a street urchin who yearns to be a guide to adventurers in the rift caves of Quentaris. But before he can claim his birthright, he must escape the Thieves' Guild and the notorious Vindon Nibhelline with the help of his friend Tulcia. Only then will he be proclaimed the greatest guide since his ancestor, the legendary Nathine de La'rel.
"State of the (G. O. P.) Union", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Field Trip", by Katia Bachko; "Just Saying", by Nathan Heller; "L’ Etranger", by Lauren Collins; "The Furies", by Paul Theroux; and "Ways to Win", by Anthony Lane.
"The 'IC' Factor " by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Home Alone at MOMA" by Lauren Collins; "Hit and Run" by Nick Paumgarten; "The Battle for Lebanon" by Jon Lee Anderson; "The Bush Quiz" by Paul Slansky; "Late Works" by John Updike; and "What If" by Anthony Lane.