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Carter Beats the Devil : A Novel
by Glen David Gold


Overview - A hypnotizing work of historical fiction that stars 1920s magician Charles the Great, a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeds even that of the great Houdini.

Nothing in his career has prepared Charles Carter for the greatest stunt of all, which stars none other than President Warren G.
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Overview
A hypnotizing work of historical fiction that stars 1920s magician Charles the Great, a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeds even that of the great Houdini.

Nothing in his career has prepared Charles Carter for the greatest stunt of all, which stars none other than President Warren G. Harding and which could end up costing Carter the reputation he has worked so hard to create. Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and exuberance of Roaring Twenties, pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is a complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical and sometimes dangerous world, where illusion is everything.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786886326
  • ISBN-10: 0786886323
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Publish Date: September 2002
  • Page Count: 483
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 6 x 9.25 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds


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Carter Beats the Devil

This mesmerizing debut novel from Gold (who is the husband of author Alice Sebold) recounts the non-stop adventures of real-life magician Charles Carter. Set in the 1920s and '30s, when Carter outperformed every illusionist in America, including the great Houdini, the novel follows his rise to international fame during a career marked by risk and romance, sacrifice and danger. Filled with historical figures, including President Warren G. Harding and inventor Philo Farnsworth, as well as an unforgettable cast of crooks, bootleggers and glitzy dames, the novel conjures up the spirit of the Roaring Twenties through jazzy banter and fast-paced action. Gold writes with the expertise of an old pro. Recently optioned by Paramount for Tom Cruise's production company, Carter is an act of magic from a literary whiz. A reading group guide is available at www.hyperionbooks.com.

 
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