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The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder Paperback – December 4, 2007
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If there is something to be learned by the ubiquitous episodes of the "Law and Order" and "CSI" franchises, it is that a murder is never straightforward. Just like those shows, when the lovely, alluring yet innocent seeming Manhattan store clerk who worked in a popular smoke shop frequented by men of all walks of life goes missing and her body is later found washing up near a waterfront park in Hoboken, New Jersey, Pandora's box is opened. Circumstantial evidence suggests connections to the city's gang culture and abortionists. There is a revolving door of individual suspects, too, who may or may not have been the victim's swains. The police department is largely night watchmen and process servers prone to corruption and unequal to the task of fighting and detecting crime. Then the media steps in and it is hyped beyond belief. In Philadelphia, where he has taken umbrage after burning just about every personal and professional bridge in New York, Poe reads the newspaper accounts and realizes that his ever-present money problems and professional ambitions could be resolved by inserting the fictive detecting methods he created for "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." He puts himself on the line, advertising that in his new story starring his detective Dupin, "The Mystery of Marie Roget," he will solve the puzzle.
To say more is to spoil this very real plot.Read more ›
The young lady who came to be known as "The Beautiful Cigar Girl" was Mary Rogers. In 1938 the proprietor of a local cigar emporium named John Anderson hired Mary to work as a salesgirl in his store. Thanks to his new hire and the convenient location Anderson's Tobacco Emporium proved to be an immediate and smashing success. Newspaper moguls, business leaders and government officials all frequented the store. Suddenly, Mary Rogers was somewhat of an "item" and her name would appear from time to time in various newspapers. As things turned out Mary Rogers only worked at Anderson's for a short period of time. However, when her her battered and bludgeoned body was fished out of the Hudson River in 1941 the apparent murder of Mary Rogers became a sensation in the newspapers.
The stories were rife with speculation and inuendo. Over the next year or so the story would take any number of strange twists and turns. And while the murder of Mary Rogers has never been conclusively solved the most likely scenario turns out to be quite surprising indeed!
In the meantime, it seems that Daniel Stashower devotes more than half of the pages of "The Beautiful Cigar Girl" to the life of Edgar Allan Poe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gets so-so reviews. I thought it was very good. I am very curious about Poe's personality and life and this book shows some facets that are new. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Verbena Reverb
A true-crime book that reads like a novel (because that's what Daniel Stashower does best). Not quite sure how this case "invented murder, though...Published 6 months ago by Bill
...and with excellent results!
This is really two intertwining stories, both fascinating and vividly detailed. Read more
Learned quite a bit about Edgar Allen Poe. Other than that, it did not hold my interest.Published 13 months ago by lmurphy
Arrived on time and was packed well. It was exactly as advertised. Thanks!Published 14 months ago by Mike Brown
What's gripping is the interaction between the unsolved murder of the beautiful cigar girl, and the story of Edgar Allan Poe, the self destructive genius who invented the mystery... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jeri