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Nothing but the Night by Greg King
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It’s Chicago, 1924, and the country is amid prohibition. Al Capone continues consolidating his power and gang warfare in the Windy City is common. Not so for the high-end neighborhood where Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb lived, a pair of intelligent and well-educated young men of wealth and prestige with bright futures. Until they decided to commit kidnapping and murder. The victim, Bobby Franks, was also from a wealthy family and resided in the same neighborhood. That the two killers conspired, planned, and carried out Frank’s brutal murder was never in doubt, the evidence was monumental, plus both boys confessed, almost gleefully. The trial became nationwide news, particularly when the famous Clarence Darrow signed on with the defense team. But the why behind this “crime of the century” has perplexed investigators, historians, and psychiatrists for nearly a century. Much has been written about this case, arguably America’s first “thrill killing,” but few have risen to the completeness of Nothing But the Night. A fascinating and engrossing study of this infamous case. If you like true or historical crime, this book is for you.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series
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