Author: David Grann
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-03-04
As Sherlock Holmes once conceded to Dr. Watson, 'If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the planning, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chain of events, working through generations and leading to the most outréresults, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.' And with such a spirit for investigation and discovery does David Grann set out in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes to unravel the truth of twelve great, real-life mysteries. Although Holmes is the subject of just one of the mesmerizing true stories in this collection, all twelve contain elements of intrigue. Many of the protagonists are sleuths: a Polish detective trying to determine whether an author planted clues to a real murder in his post-modern novel; an arson investigator racing to prove whether a man about to be executed is innocent; a legendary French con man questioning whether he is the one who is suddenly being conned; and scientists stalking a sea monster. Unlike the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, these tales are all true. The protagonists are mortal and pieces of the puzzle often elude them. Some of the characters are driven to deception and murder. Others go mad. But ultimately the stories contained in The Devil and Sherlock Holmesshed light on the human condition, and why some people on this earth devote themselves to good and others to evil. As Holmes put it, 'Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent'.
Author: Worth Books
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2017-04-18
So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Lost City of Z tells you what you need to know—before or after you read David Grann’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Lost City of Z includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Profiles of the main characters Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann: Nearly a century after Colonel Percy Fawcett disappeared while on a quest to discover the mythical “Lost City of Z” in South America, New York Times–bestselling author David Grann set out to explore—first-hand—the terrain and history that have fascinated generations of explorers and scientists. Fawcett’s wild tales of flora, fauna, and indigeous peoples captivated the West, and his disappearance sent shockwaves around the world that continue to resonate today. David Grann’s book weaves the exciting stories of Colonel Percy Fawcett and his mysterious demise with an account of his own exploration of the Amazon. The Lost City of Z is now a major motion picture starring Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, and Sienna Miller. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
Now a major motion picture starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Killers of the Flower Moon, The Old Man and the Gun is here joined by two other riveting true crime tales. "The Old Man and the Gun," is the story of a man who idolized the likes of Pretty Boy Floyd and, as a result, fashions himself into a notorious bank robber and escape artist. "The Chameleon" is the tale a French con artist gets in over his head when he impersonates a missing Texas teenager and raises the suspicions of a local private investigator. "True Crime" follows a riveting investigation in which a Polish cold-case detective makes an unlikely connection between a philosopher's novel and the murder case he's trying to crack. Grann takes the reader on a journey through some of the strangest and most thrilling real life stories of felonious behavior from around the world.
Author: Douglas Perry
Release Date: 2014-02-20
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The story of Eliot Ness, the legendary lawman who led the Untouchables, took on Al Capone, and saved a city’s soul As leader of an unprecedented crime-busting squad, twenty-eight-year-old Eliot Ness won fame for taking on notorious mobster Al Capone. But the Untouchables’ daring raids were only the beginning of Ness’s unlikely story. This new biography grapples with the charismatic lawman’s complicated, largely forgotten legacy. Perry chronicles Ness’s days in Chicago as well as his spectacular second act in Cleveland, where he achieved his greatest success: purging the profoundly corrupt city and forging new practices that changed police work across the country. He also faced one of his greatest challenges: a mysterious serial killer known as the Torso Murderer. Capturing the first complete portrait of the real Eliot Ness, Perry brings to life an unorthodox man who believed in the integrity of law and the power of American justice.
Author: David Grann
Release Date: 2014-02-17
Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World, was among the last of a legendary breed of British explorers. For years he explored the Amazon and came to believe that its jungle concealed a large, complex civilization, like El Dorado. Obsessed with its discovery, he christened it the City of Z. In 1925, Fawcett headed into the wilderness with his son Jack, vowing to make history. They vanished without a trace. For the next eighty years, hordes of explorers plunged into the jungle, trying to find evidence of Fawcett's party or Z. Some died from disease and starvation; others simply disappeared. In this spellbinding true tale of lethal obsession, David Grann retraces the footsteps of Fawcett and his followers as he unravels one of the greatest mysteries of exploration.
Author: Phil Hardy
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Performing Arts
Since the initial publication of the first three groundbreaking volumes -- Horror, Science Fiction, and The Western -- The Overlook Film Encyclopedia series has been deemed the most authoritative, stylish, and compulsively readable film reference series ever. In The Gangster Film, series editor Phil Hardy has created yet again a landmark in film reference. Included in this lavish volume are critical entries on more than 1,500 gangster films, complete with plot synapses and credits, and 650 black and white photographs to capture the look of this exciting genre. Arranged chronologically, The Gangster Film offers deliciously opinionated and detailed descriptions, statistical information, credits and trivia from early classics such as Public Enemy, Key Largo, Dragnet, and On the Waterfront to contemporary blockbusters such as The Grifters, Chinatown, The Godfather, and Pulp Fiction. Essential, authoritative, and entertaining, The Gangster Film is the guide for serious students of film, film buffs, and home viewers.
Author: David Quinlan
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Motion picture actors and actresses
This is a guide to over 1100 character actors and actresses. The people covered include John le Mesurier, Irene Handl, Dora Bryan and Sam Kydd from the British studios; and Elisha Cook, Iris Adrian, Hattie McDaniel and Irving Bacon from Hollywood. There is a portrait to accompany every entry. After a short account of each actor's career and characteristics, all their known film credits are given, including many fleeting appearances never previously recorded, plus shorts and TV movies.
The alternative life raft in a sea of similarity, VideoHound competes on content, categories, and indexing, but the dramatic difference is the attitude. Irreverent, slightly tongue-in-cheek, the Hound never takes himself too seriously. The 1997 edition, fully expanded and updated with 1,000 new entries, provides information and opinions on 22,000-plus videos--more than any other guide on the market--including documentaties, made-for-TV movies, and animated features. Includes Web site entertainment directory.