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The Beautiful Cigar Girl

(2006)
Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder
(Edgar Allan Poe and the Murder of Mary Rogers)
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A gruesome murder, a stunned city, and Edgar Allan Poe come to life with vivid detail in this shocking true story by award-winning author Daniel Stashower

On July 28, 1841, the battered body of a young woman was found floating in the Hudson River. It was soon discovered to be the lovely Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar salesgirl who had gone missing three days earlier. By nightfall, news of the girl's death had spread and sent Manhattan into a spasm of horror and outrage.

In the months that followed, the gruesome details of the murder pushed American journalism into previously unimagined realms of lurid sensationalism. But despite media pressures, New York City's unregulated and disjointed police force proved unable to mount an effective investigation, and the crime remained unsolved.

A year after Mary Rogers was murdered, as public interest in the case began to wane, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case. At the time of the murder, thirty-one-year-old Poe had recently published his groundbreaking detective story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." A year later, however, his fortunes had taken a downward turn. Desperate for success, Poe sent his famous detective, C. Auguste Dupin, on the case of a lifetime: to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt."

In The Beautiful Cigar Girl, Edgar Award-winning author Daniel Stashower deftly captures the drama and mystery of New York in the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating the spellbinding crime that transformed a city.

A Featured Alternate selection of Book-of-the-Month Club, Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, Doubleday and Quality Paperback book clubs.

Genre: Mystery

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November 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Edgar Allan Poe and the Murder of Mary Rogers
Author(s): Daniel Stashower
ISBN: 1-85168-501-4 / 978-1-85168-501-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder
Author(s): Daniel Stashower
ISBN: 0-525-94981-X / 978-0-525-94981-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Edgar Allan Poe and the Murder of Mary Rogers
Author(s): Daniel Stashower
ISBN: 1-85168-548-0 / 978-1-85168-548-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Point Blank
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December 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder
Author(s): Daniel Stashower
ISBN: 0-425-21782-5 / 978-0-425-21782-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Beautiful Cigar Girl
Author(s): Daniel Stashower
ISBN: 0-7394-8328-5 / 978-0-7394-8328-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton / Penguin
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October 2006 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder
Author(s): Daniel Stashower
ISBN: 0-14-305900-9 / 978-0-14-305900-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder
Author(s): Daniel Stashower
Publisher: Berkley
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