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Book Review: Saving Sin City by Mary Cummings
I LOVE non-fiction that reads like fiction. Let’s be honest, truth often IS stranger than anything an author could come up with, largely because authors realize that there’s a limit to what people will believe. Unfortunately for life, and
fortunately for readers, reality holds with no such constraints…
Saving Sin City is about the original “Trial of the Century” – the murder of society architect and man-about-town Stanford White by the husband of his previous (underage) mistress, Evelyn Nesbit, one of the most famous actress/models of her time. Mary Cummings – writer, historian, and award-winning journalist – tells the story of the murder of White in a voice that is equally entertaining and informative. Harry K. Thaw, the unbalanced heir to a Pittsburgh fortune, killed White in retaliation for taking the virginity of his wife, showgirl Evelyn Nesbit when she was just a teenager. There’s drama enough there until you add in the other vital part of this sordid crime – the ambitious District Attorney William Travers Jerome, a colorful hero/anti-hero in his own right, who had the opportunity to make — or break — his career with his prosecution of Thaw.