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The Blackest Bird

(2007)
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New York, the sweltering summer of 1841: Mary Rogers, a beautiful counter girl at a popular Manhattan tobacco shop, is found brutally murdered in the Hudson River. John Colt, scion of the firearm fortune, beats his publisher to death with a hatchet. And young Irish gang leader Tommy Coleman is accused of killing his daughter, his wife, and his wife's former lover. Charged with solving it all is High Constable Jacob Hays, the city's first detective. Capping a long and distinguished career, Hays's investigation will involve gang wars, grave robbers, and clues hidden in poems by that master of dark tales, Edgar Allan Poe.

With a multilayered plot and rich, terse prose, The Blackest Bird is both a gripping mystery and a convincing portrait of the New York underworld in its early days. At its heart is Hays' unlikely connection with Poe, who like many other men was in love with Mary Rogers. In its deeply textured world, full of bloodshed and duplicity, only a few innocent relationships — such as Hays' tender bond with his daughter — provide any comfort and hope.

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Hardback Editions

April 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Blackest Bird: A Novel of History and Murder
Author(s): Joel Rose
ISBN: 1-84195-921-9 / 978-1-84195-921-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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February 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York
Author(s): Joel Rose
ISBN: 0-393-06231-7 / 978-0-393-06231-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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March 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Blackest Bird
Author(s): Joel Rose
ISBN: 0-385-66239-4 / 978-0-385-66239-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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Paperback Editions

March 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Blackest Bird
Author(s): Joel Rose
ISBN: 0-385-66240-8 / 978-0-385-66240-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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March 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York
Author(s): Joel Rose
ISBN: 0-393-33061-3 / 978-0-393-33061-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Blackest Bird: A Novel Of History And Murder
Author(s): Joel Rose
ISBN: 1-84767-058-X / 978-1-84767-058-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Blackest Bird
Author(s): Joel Rose
ISBN: 1-84767-001-6 / 978-1-84767-001-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

August 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Blackest Bird
Author(s): Joel Rose
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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May 2007 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Blackest Bird: A Novel of History and Murder
Author(s): Joel Rose
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK