SSN – Saving Sin City – A Book by Mary Cummings

Brad Ricca

“This story–of a Gilded Age love triangle gone bloody and dark–has been told before, but not like this. Cummings finally magnifies the role of William Travers Jerome, the district attorney, revealing at last how an open-and-shut murder–in front of witnesses, no less–became a truly unforgettable case for the ages. At the end, a kind of justice would finally be reached, but at great personal and political cost. True crime readers and courtroom aficionados alike will absorb Cummings’ quick, journalistic style as if they were reading a newspaper in 1906, following every typeset word with hyperactive flurry in a attempt to reach the truth.”


About the Author

Mary Cummings is a writer, historian, and an award-winning journalist whose work has been recognized by the New York Press Association. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times for ten years, writing feature stories for its Long Island coverage. She has also written for TimeOut New York, Newsday, Columbia Today and numerous other publications. She was the arts editor and principal feature writer at The Southampton Press for seven years and has written three books on local history: “Southampton,” “Hurricane, 1938,” and “One Hundred Years of Healing,” a study of the role of Southampton Hospital in the social history of the Hamptons. In recent years, she has been a staff member at the Southampton History Museum, managing its Research Center and using her free time to indulge her fascination with Gilded Age New York, gathering the material and writing the story that became “Saving Sin City.” Raised in Southampton, New York, she is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. She lived in France for two years, and after her marriage, she and her husband lived in several American cities, as well as in Ethiopia, before returning to the States to raise their two sons. She currently lives in Southampton.