THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER by Eleazar Lipsky


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A devil's daughter was a refinement for a member of that oldest profession and this buxom bust or boom tale of 19th century San Francisco has authentic origins in a trial case--a staggering scandal which should retain the interest of present day readers much as it did then. Aristocratic (?) Jessica Roux, a consuming hellcat, has brought charges against the Silver King, one Senator Hagerman (""free silver and fornication"") to acknowledge her as his wedded wife. Mark Trumbull, a Texan-born retired Judge with a devoted, dying wife agrees to represent her, unaware that he will become her victim. In the early trial there is evidence--letters, the testimony of a too close girl friend (who witnessed the scene when he called her Mrs. Hagerman and said ""Lochinvar has come out of his vest"")--to prove her right even though she is left without a monetary settlement at Hagerman's death. And Trumbull marries her with tragedy stalking his last steps--she loses their child in jail; he is killed in an attack on an old friend and opposing Justice. It's quite a story, aromatic with bourbon and bay rum, camomile and laudanum, and while prolix (running to 630 pages) no one will make a motion to adjourn. A strong popular possibility for any medium.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Meredith