Not a Gentleman's Work: The Untold Story of a Gruesome Murder at Sea and the Long Road to Truth

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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Gerard Koeppel is the author of Water for Gotham, Bond of Union, and City on a Grid. He has contributed to numerous other books, including the Encyclopedia of New York City, of which he was an associate editor. He was an editor for many years at CBS News. He lives in New York City


"Not a Gentleman's Work takes readers on several gripping journeys: a high-seas crime scene and a powerful courtroom drama. But it doesn't stop there. Gerard Koeppel peers deeply into issues of race, class and money that were as relevant then as they are now."--Brian Murphy, author of Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell about It
"A gruesome triple axe-murder on the North Atlantic waves with no motive and multiple suspects. It's a tale Agatha Christie would have been proud to write--only this dark whodunit is true. With the historian's eye for detail and the novelist's flare for story, Gerard Koeppel brings to life the bizarre happenings on board the Herbert Fuller and illuminates a puzzling mystery that still endures. A bloody and worthwhile addition to any true crime library."--Simon Read, award winning journalist and author of Winston Churchill Reporting and The Human Game
"It starts with the 1896 axe murders of a ship captain, his wife, and second-mate. Afterwards, the truth is splintered, justice is twisted, and strong opinions fracture the case into a thousand pieces. One hundred and twenty-four years later, author Gerard Koeppel found those pieces and put them back together. His own experience as a sailor, his impeccable research, and detective-like deductions eliminate suspects and lead the reader to the person responsible. To this day, we have no way of knowing if the author is right; but it's impossible to say he is wrong."--Jason Lucky Morrow, award-winning journalist and author who writes vintage true crime stories for his blog,
"This captivating and thorough true crime work reads like a suspenseful novel."--Booklist
"Stupendous."--Kirkus Reviews