This book could have easily have been written as non-fiction, The characters are real and many of the facts are, too. In 1888 Thomas Edison sued George Westinghouse for the unheard of sum of 1 billion dollars for infringing on his light bulb patent. Westinghouse defended himself by hiring a 26 year old lawyer right out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath. Among the cast of characters is Nikola Tesla who Paul hopes will be the key to proving that Westinghouse's invention was based on different science. Imagine the thinking, the preparation, the law, that went into the defense Cravath needed to overcome 312 lawsuits by Edison. The way Graham Moore weaves the story shows why his winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the Imitation Game was no fluke. There's also a wonderful love interest for Paul, the real life singer Agnes Huntington. Don't Google or read the author's notes at the end to find out what really happened, just enjoy an intriguing story.— Marla Alexander
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America--from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and author of The Sherlockian NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING EDDIE REDMAYNE New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history--and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society--the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal--private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he'll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem. Praise for The Last Days of Night "A satisfying romp . . . Takes place against a backdrop rich with period detail . . . Works wonderfully as an entertainment . . . As it charges forward, the novel leaves no dot unconnected."--Noah Hawley, The New York Times Book Review "This captivating historical novel illuminates a fascinating American moment."--People "A fascinating portrait of American inventors . . . Moore crafts a compelling narrative out of Paul] Cravath's cunning legal maneuvers and Nikola] Tesla's world-changing tinkering, while a story line on opera singer Agnes Huntington has the mysterious glamour of The Great Gatsby. . . . Moore weaves a complex web. . . . He conjures Gilded Age New York City so vividly, it feels like only yesterday."--Entertainment Weekly "A model of superior historical fiction . . . Graham Moore digs deep into long-forgotten facts to give us an exciting, sometimes astonishing story of two geniuses locked in a brutal battle to change the world. . . . A] brilliant journey into the past."--The Washington Post "Mesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling, The Last Days of Night is a triumph of imagination. Graham Moore has chosen Gilded Age New York as his playground, with outsized characters--Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse--as his players. The result is a beautifully researched, endlessly entertaining novel that will leave you buzzing."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl "It's part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time--the age of wonder--and once you've finished it, you'll find it hard to return to the world of now."--Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City
About the Author
Graham Moore is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter for The Imitation Game, which also won a Writers Guild of America Award for best adapted screenplay. Moore was born in Chicago, received a B.A. in religious history from Columbia University in 2003, and now lives in Los Angeles. From the Hardcover edition.