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By J. North Conway

From the popular chronicler of law-and-order in Gilded Age ny urban, the sensational grave theft of A. T. Stewart, “The service provider Prince of Manhattan,” one of many wealthiest males in American history


Praise for J. North Conway’s

The huge Policeman: the increase and Fall of Thomas Byrnes, America’s First, such a lot Ruthless,

and maximum Detective

“Creating interval surroundings by way of quoting broadly from newspaper debts of the sensational crimes Byrnes solved, Conway portrays his subject’s cleverness and excesses with a flawed-hero style that are supposed to attract true-crime fans.”


“An crucial learn for these attracted to police paintings, detective tales, and manhattan urban history.”

Library Journal

“A interesting, fast-moving account of 1 of the main polarizing and influential figures of 19th-century long island.  Conway brings ‘the huge policeman’ to life.”

—Daniel Stashower, writer of The attractive Cigar lady: Mary Rogers, Edgar

Allan Poe, and the discovery of homicide

“A treasure trove of data not just on larger-than-life pioneering detective Thomas Byrnes but in addition on law-and-order in wide-open nineteenth-century Manhattan.”

—David Pietrusza, author of Rothstein: The lifestyles, occasions, and homicide of the

Criminal Genius Who fastened the 1919 international Series

Praise for J. North Conway’s

King of Heists: The Sensational financial institution theft of 1878 That stunned America

“Engrossing . . . Conway skillfully paints a backdrop of fierce and flamboyant personalities who paraded around the Gilded Age, from Brooklyn Bridge engineer John Roebling to Marm Mandelbaum, ‘queen of the criminals.’ . . . [H]e capably recounts his tale opposed to a history of glitter and greed.”

Publishers Weekly

“A page-turning account of 1 of the main brazen crimes of our time.”

Reader’s Digest

“Conway, a faculty prof and ex-newspaper guy, covers this historical story in a manner that makes it believe like a scorching information story.” 

New York Post

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In 1878, years after the demise of mogul A. T. Stewart, his physique used to be stolen from St. Mark’s Churchyard. The ghoulish crime, the bumbling chase for the culprits, the years-long ransom negotiations, and the loss of life of the Stewart retail empire fed a media frenzy. while his widow ultimately exchanged $20,000 for a burlap bag of bones on a rustic highway, now not every body used to be confident that “The service provider Prince of big apple” used to be quite home.

A. T. Stewart have been a pioneer of the dept shop enterprise, a guy who rose from the flood of Irish immigration to a spot along names like Astor, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller. taken care of because the black sheep of latest York’s prosperous Gilded Age society, the Stewarts relied seriously on their pal and confidante, the conniving pass judgement on Henry Hilton, for entrée into elite social circles. As writer J. North Conway info the futile strategies utilized by police to spot the grave robbers, he additionally unveils the villainy of pass judgement on Hilton, who not just interfered within the case again and again but additionally dismantled a once-great company empire piece by means of piece . . . all of the whereas profiting fairly properly. by way of the tip of this interesting slice of historical past, one is left to ask yourself who displayed the better evil: the grave robbers or Judge
Henry Hilton.

Completing J. North Conway’s generally acclaimed trilogy of Gilded Age manhattan urban Crime—following King of Heists and The immense PolicemanBag of Bones combines the era’s affluence, decadence, and corruption with a ugly deed healthy for the tabloids of today.

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The gruesome crime created a media frenzy as newspapers tried to outdo each other in their sensational coverage. The American imagination was captivated. In just one example, the incident was depicted in Mark Twain’s humorous story “The Stolen White Elephant,” published in 1882. Not only did the grave robbing cause a national sensation, it also led to one of the most notoriously bungled police investigations in New York City’s history. Finally, in 1881, nearly three years after the body of her husband was stolen, Cornelia Stewart reportedly regained her husband’s remains.

After the Chicago Fire in 1871 gutted their original store, Field and Leiter opened a new one. Field ultimately bought out his partner and built a new twenty-story store that covered an entire Chicago block, and by 1914, it became the largest department store in the country. Also in Chicago in 1872, an enterprising retail merchant named Aaron Montgomery Ward mailed the first general merchandise catalog, a single sheet of fifty items, beginning the era of the catalog mail order business. By 1876 the catalog had grown to 150 pages, and by 1888 the company’s annual sales reached one million dollars.

Besides the department stores, there were a multitude of concert halls, theaters, art galleries, furniture stores, and piano showrooms. Henry Sands Brooks had long before begun to address the clothing needs of New York City men when he opened H. & D. H. Brooks & Co. in April 1818 at Catharine and Cherry Streets. In 1833, his son Henry Jr. took control of the business and in 1845 introduced the first ready-to-wear suits for men. His three sons, Daniel, John, and Elisha, took over the business in 1850 and began their trademark “Brooks Brothers” for selling boys’ and men’s clothing.

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