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Scoundrels in Law: The Trials of Howe and Hummell, Lawyers to the Gangsters, Cops, Starlets, and Rakes Who Made the Golden Age
 
 
Author
Cait Murphy.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780061714283
Pages/Publication Date 324/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21147
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Gangsters and con men, spurned mistresses and wandering husbands, crooked politicians and Broadway royalty, pickpockets and spiritualists—these were the friends and clients of Howe & Hummel, the most famous (and famously rotten) law firm of the Gilded Age. Cait Murphy's colorful history resurrects these notorious shysters and everyone who had a part in their story, from Theodore Roosevelt to one-time Bavarian countess Lola Montez.

"Howe was a flamboyant, outrageous showman who flaunted courtroom decorum and excelled at playing on the heartstrings of jurors. Hummel was more restrained in court but a ruthless backroom operator. In Murphy's rendering, Howe and Hummel are fascinating and enjoyable characters when viewed at a distance, but she also sees them as worthy symbols of an age when amorality was elevated to a virtue."—Booklist

 
 
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