"From New York Times bestselling author Alex Tresniowski comes a page-turning, remarkable true-crime thriller recounting the 1910 murder of ten-year-old Marie Smith, the dawn of modern criminal detection and the launch of the NAACP. In the tranquil seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, ten-year-old schoolgirl Marie Smith is brutally murdered. Small town officials, unable to find the culprit, call upon the young manager of a New York detective agency for help. It is the detective's first murder case, and now, the specifics of the investigation and daring sting operation that caught the killer is captured in all its rich detail for the first time. Occurring exactly halfway between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the formal beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in 1954, the brutal murder and its highly-covered investigation sits at the historic intersection of sweeping national forces--religious extremism, class struggle, the infancy of criminal forensics, and America's Jim Crow racial violence. History and true crime collide in this sensational murder mystery featuring characters as complex and colorful as those found in the best psychological thrillers--the unconventional truth-seeking detective Ray Schindler; the sinister pedophile Frank Heidemann; the ambitious Asbury Park Sheriff Clarence Hetrick; the mysterious "sting artist," Carl Neumeister; the indomitable crusader Ida Wells; and the victim, Marie Smith, who represented all the innocent and vulnerable children living in turn-of-the-century America. Gripping and powerful, The Rope is an important piece of history that gives a voice to the voiceless and resurrects a long-forgotten true crime story that speaks to the very divisions tearing at the nation's fabric today"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Black Diamond ch. 2 The Flower ch. 3 A New Eden ch. 4 Blood Under A Black Skin ch. 5 The Wanamassa ch. 6 Burn Scars ch. 7 191/2 Atkins Avenue ch. 8 Came The Men ch. 9 The Cry Of Humanity ch. 10 Gather My Race In My Arms ch. 11 A Negro's Crime ch. 12 The Secret Plan ch. 13 A Guilty Mind ch. 14 Grace Foster ch. 15 My Besetting Sin ch. 16 Turn Our Face To The West ch. 17 A Balance Of Goodness And Evil ch. 18 The Greenhouse ch. 19 What Kind Of Fellow He Was ch. 20 Afraid Of What They Might Find ch. 21 The Agonies Of The Damned ch. 22 Nobody Seen Me Do It ch. 23 The Watchtower ch. 24 Two Coffins ch. 25 The Hellhound ch. 26 The Hands Of Parties Unknown ch. 27 Frog James ch. 28 The Rope ch. 29 Immoral Thoughts And Expressions ch. 30 Angels Could Do No More ch. 31 Rope And Coal Oil ch. 32 The Premonition ch. 33 Once To Every Man And Nation ch. 34 Still He Lay In Jail ch. 35 What Was Her Name? ch. 36 On The Square ch. 37 "It Won't Bring Her Back" ch. 38 The Fortress ch. 39 The Lord Has Willed It So.