Meet The Author Dan Stashower (A Highland Park Public Library Event)

We are pleased to be on hand for this Highland Park Public Library in-person event!

The New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Edgar Award, Dan Stashower, discusses his new book American Demon:  Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the RipperThe historical true crime story is a fascinating look at the career of legendary lawman Eliot Ness, famous for busting Al Capone and his bootlegging empire in Chicago. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow the talk!

More About the Book: Boston had its Strangler. California had the Zodiac Killer. And in the depths of the Great Depression, Cleveland had the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. On September 5th, 1934, a young beachcomber made a gruesome discovery on the shores of Cleveland’s Lake Erie: the lower half of a female torso, neatly severed at the waist. The victim, dubbed “The Lady of the Lake,” was only the first of a butcher’s dozen. Over the next four years, twelve more bodies would be scattered across the city. The bodies were dismembered with surgical precision and drained of blood. Some were beheaded while still alive.

Terror gripped the city. Amid the growing uproar, Cleveland’s besieged mayor turned to his newly-appointed director of public safety: Eliot Ness. Ness had come to Cleveland fresh from his headline-grabbing exploits in Chicago, where he and his band of “Untouchables” led the frontline assault on Al Capone’s bootlegging empire. Now he would confront a case that would redefine his storied career.

Award-winning author Daniel Stashower shines a fresh light on one of the most notorious puzzles in the annals of crime, and uncovers the gripping story of Ness’s hunt for a sadistic killer who was as brilliant as he was cool and composed, a mastermind who was able to hide in plain sight. American Demon reconstructs this ultimate battle of wits between a hero and a madman.

More About the Author: Acclaimed biographer and narrative historian Daniel Stashower is a winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, as well as the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. His work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostSmithsonian MagazineAARP: The MagazineNational Geographic Traveler, and American History as well as other publications. His books include The Hour of PerilTeller of Tales, and The Beautiful Cigar Girl.

 

Event date: 

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper By Daniel Stashower Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250041166
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Minotaur Books - September 6th, 2022

New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award-winner Daniel Stashower returns with American Demon, a historical true crime starring legendary lawman Eliot Ness.

Boston had its Strangler. California had the Zodiac Killer. And in the depths of the Great Depression, Cleveland had the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.