by Julie HaleDecember, 2002
Carter Beats the Devil
This mesmerizing debut novel from Gold (who is the husband of author Alice Sebold) recounts the non-stop adventures of real-life magician Charles Carter. Set in the 1920s and '30s, when Carter outperformed every illusionist in America, including the great Houdini, the novel follows his rise to international fame during a career marked by risk and romance, sacrifice and danger. Filled with historical figures, including President Warren G. Harding and inventor Philo Farnsworth, as well as an unforgettable cast of crooks, bootleggers and glitzy dames, the novel conjures up the spirit of the Roaring Twenties through jazzy banter and fast-paced action. Gold writes with the expertise of an old pro. Recently optioned by Paramount for Tom Cruise's production company, Carter is an act of magic from a literary whiz. A reading group guide is available at www.hyperionbooks.com.