ONE NIGHT IN JULY by Jonathan Root

ONE NIGHT IN JULY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A substantial re-examination of the ""Rosenthal-Becker Murder Case"" back in 1912 in which gambler Rosenthal's murder- shot on the streets of New York City- was to be the ""gravestone"" of an era and revealed the ""structure of crime...in relationship to politics, to jurisprudence and to ambition and betrayal and guilt"". Rosenthal's killing was ""arranged"" after his five hour talk with the D.A., Whitman, and he was persuaded to tell all by the World's Herbert Bayard Swope, implicating Charles Becker, a crooked cop and gang lord. This is the account of the repercussions to follow: two murders and five executions- in the electric chair; Becker's indictment and the trial- with a transcript at some length of its proceedings; a second trial and an appeal, which failed; and Whitman's rather successful break-through (""New York is... a human sewer"") which launched him further in his political career... Root has documented not only the case, but also the era, in some detail and with vigor- and the market too is well arranged-- the crime wave created by The Untouchables and other annals of organized crime.

Publisher: Coward-McCann