The Last Days of Night: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2016-08-16
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Graham Moore
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢ A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify Americaâfrom the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and author of The Sherlockian
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POSTÂ AND THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRERÂ â¢Â SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING EDDIE REDMAYNE
New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make historyâand a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paulâs client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?
The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high societyâthe glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposalâprivate spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs.Â How will he do it?
In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, heâll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.
Praise for The Last Days of Night
âA satisfying romp . . . Takes place against a backdrop rich with period detail . . . Works wonderfully as an entertainment . . . As it charges forward, the novel leaves no dot unconnected.ââNoah Hawley, The New York Times Book Review
âThis captivating historical novel illuminates a fascinating American moment.ââPeople
âA fascinating portrait of American inventors . . . Moore crafts a compelling narrative out of [Paul]Â Cravathâs cunning legal maneuvers and [Nikola]Â Teslaâs world-changing tinkering, while a story line on opera singer Agnes Huntington has the mysterious glamour ofÂ The Great Gatsby. . . . Moore weaves a complex web. . . .Â He conjures Gilded Age New York City so vividly, it feels like only yesterday.ââEntertainment Weekly
âA model of superior historical fiction . . . Graham Moore digs deep into long-forgotten facts to give us an exciting, sometimes astonishing story of two geniuses locked in a brutal battle to change the world. . . . [A] brilliant journey into the past.ââThe Washington Post
âMesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling, The Last Days of Night is a triumph of imagination. Graham Moore has chosen Gilded Age New York as his playground, with outsized charactersâEdison, Tesla, Westinghouseâas his players. The result is a beautifully researched, endlessly entertaining novel that will leave you buzzing.ââGillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
âItâs part legal thriller, part tour of a magical timeâthe age of wonderâand once youâve finished it, youâll find it hard to return to the world of now.ââErik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City